. It seems a little whack-job-Pollyanna to be burbling about happiness in the middle of a plague that’s killing thousands. I can do the right-now-in-this-moment-I-am-happy bit and still do, but underneath it all is that pervasive dread of what’s coming next, a future which all experts assure us is going to be worse. And then it will get better. And then worse again. And then better. And two years from now, we’ll all be fine again. Except for the economy. And . . .
Okay, first of all, turn off the fucking news.
I’m pretty sure most everybody on here has already gotten the message that this is not a hoax and it’s not going to be just fine by Easter so for the love of god, stay home and wash your hands. And don’t touch your face. After that . . . well, no, that’s pretty much it. Unless you’re part of the medical profession or another necessary job–and thank you from the bottom of my heart for working through this–the best we can do is get out of other people’s way.
And now we’re home so we clean house and get rid of everything we don’t need and feel lighter for it. And we work on that TBR pile because if there was ever a time to escape to another world, it’s now, and we discover a lot of new authors and new worlds. And we go online and learn things we’ve always meant to learn, like French and yoga and the ukulele. And we call people we haven’t talked to in years, just to say, “Are you okay? I want you to be okay.” These are good things.
There are other good things: Pollution is easing in heavily populated areas because cars are off the road. Neighbors are stepping up to help others, regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation because in desperate times, people are just people and good people help each other. Politically, the importance of the safety net has never been more clear, and our hopelessly divided government is working out bipartisan legislation to help. Those things might change when the emergency eases, but I don’t think they’ll go back to the old ways completely. This is going to change us, and there’s a good bet that a lot of the change will be for the better.
So good things will come out of this, which doesn’t negate the fact that thousands will die, but the thousands of deaths don’t negate the good things, either.
So this week, without dismissing the harrowing times we’re in, let’s focus on the good stuff, sparse though it may be. Civilization is not going to fall, it’s just going to change. Same with us. You telling us things that made you happy this week is not you being a whack-job-Pollyanna. It’s you flexing a survival skill.
What made you happy this week?