I live near some older people.
I live near some kids.
I work with vulnerable populations. (off work about 10 days now)
Nobody needs me to be around them SO BADLY right now that I should go out and possibly pick up, carry, and pass a deadly sickness on.
I don't need any resources SO BADLY that it's worth me going out, picking up, possibly carrying and passing along a virus to anyone.
I'm staying home, making sure not to panic. I'm fielding calls from scared friends, helping them calm down so they don't go out and try to panic shop...
And, strangely, I've heard from a few people that I haven't heard from IN AGES... who checked-in because... heck, they have time now. They're off work for a while, like so many thousands of other Albertans and Calgarians.
I've chatted with a few people recently who used to be practically enemies of mine - for whatever reasons - and we've apologized, dismissed old issues, and started catching up and rebuilding a relationship.
This, mostly due to the onset of threat and the self isolation protocol processes that COVID-19 presents.
We can no longer hold grudges or stay separated entirely by choice. We all need each other in ways we never stopped to think about enough before...
In a weird and hopeful way, the people who have stopped panicking are coming together - even old, long time enemies. Many people are calming down, reflecting, starting to look after themselves better, and are reaching out via the internet and phone lines to check on people they care about; sometimes, people they used to care about, fought with and separated from.
Things are coming together for many of us.
Self-Isolation doesn't mean ultimate separation. Nobody came to my house to resolve old issues - they used technology that most of us have right in all our pockets - cell phones (they're little mini-computers in our pockets - HELLO!????). Laptops. Tablets.
Remember in the 80s when tech people told us computers would help us be home more with our families and have less stress from work commutes and work out of the home? Well that didn't happen yet, either (insert "because Capitalism").
NOW is our chance to make these things happen. Well, for the people who are okay for now, settling in at home for self-isolation/self-distancing.
I do realize many people are NOT OKAY - vulnerable populations aren't okay and a LOT of people have been asked to leave their workplaces and those workplaces aren't suited to have employees work from home... For these people, much of life is terrible right now...
For those who are housed and have enough food, we are poised to be able to do things and come together via technology in some pretty darn big and special ways... Make what was promised in the 80s become truth... let us find ways to work from home, help others from home, be more mindful, more grateful for what's in front of us. Mend broken bridges and heal messed up relationships.
Perhaps no other issue/thing would ever FORCE US to try and get truly creative with how we stay connected or re-connect with each other... but we have to do this now. COVID-19 isn't negotiating with us...
Alberta has great volunteer spirit and Calgarians have a lot of heart...
We can come together - in spirit, that is - while COVID-19 Safety Protocols keep us apart. We have to.
This is what is.