In a recent paper, a movie theatre advertisement stated: “See you After the Intermission” on their outside board. The words struck me as clever, funny and at first, very appropriate in terms of what we are all facing across the world.
I wish this COVID-19 public health emergency was just a nightmare to wake up from but as week after week goes by, we are learning that it’s no dream as we absorb the emotional impact and disruption this aggressive virus has caused. Life as we have known it for many years has changed-dramatically. How weird is it not to be able to go to the store and poke around or stop to get a bite or just a simple cup of coffee, among so many things we can no longer do.
So, is this really just an intermission? Is it inevitable that our lives will return to our old normal?
I think not.
I believe we will be much more conscious of how to keep germs away with washing hands among the many ways we have learned to stay safe, such as staying away from others when not feeling well and so much more. I think we now live with a more realistic perspective that not only is this disease a reality, but we could very well have another outbreak or perhaps another virus could hit us. No matter how we cut it, we are learning this intermission will in all likelihood not allow us to return to society as it once was.
But we still need to live healthy, safely and with compassion towards others. It’s been so inspiring to have seen so many of our fellow citizens step up to help others. We will be indebted to them for the rest of our lives. Those of us lucky enough to survive this are going to be the ones to carry on in the name of those we lose. So let us keep their sacrifices in mind as we honor their memory by striving to make improvements in living this life with kindness and mutual respect as our focus. Our environment is all we get, the land, the water, the air - we need to respect and care for all around us so future generations have a safe place to live. And those like me already facing medical complications will be lucky to get past this pandemic but we need to remember, despite our challenges we should consider ourselves fortunate. So let’s make a promise to ourselves to be that better person when this COVID-19 situation settles, and we return to some type of new normalcy. We may not feel lucky to have a compromised body to work with but to survive a pandemic means you get to say you are lucky.
May life be kind to you,
Ellen Lenox Smith
Author of: It Hurts Like Hell!: I Live With Pain- And Have a Good Life, Anyway, and My Life as a Service Dog!
The information in this column should not be considered as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only and represents the author’s opinions alone. It does not inherently express or reflect the views, opinions and/or positions of National Pain Report.
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