Just when I thought 2020 is finally going to be the year I can finally climb the Himalayas, Covid-19 happened. In this time of uncertainty, I am reminded of an old Yiddish adage “Mann Tracht, Un Gott Lacht” which translates, “Man Plans, and God Laughs”.
Even in our best efforts to carefully plan our next steps, the road of life is simply unpredictable. Unexpected events are bound to stop us in our tracks.
I am one of the few privileged people in this country who is still not directly affected by this pandemic. I work from home and even though my company’s sales have been terribly affected in Europe, my line of work is still needed to keep the operations going. So for now, I am hanging in there. But if this global crisis will not end anytime soon, I will definitely lose this job for sure.
Despite that possibility, I am still lucky to have a comfortable life. But for others, especially for a daily wage earner, these are tough times. Some people are even selling puppies for a hundred pesos out of desperation.
I can’t blame the people still defying the government’s orders. If you were in their shoes, how can you stay at home when your children’s stomachs are growling from hunger? How can you make these people expect the worst when they are already living in the worst conditions?
If you can, help.
it’s up to us
Whenever I read the news and see the rising numbers of cases and deaths, I can’t help but pray for my family’s health and safety. And that none of us will become a part of that statistic.
In a blink of an eye, this virus brought humanity to its knees. This pandemic is infiltrating every aspect of life and this can go on for a very long time. This pandemic will surely end. How long is it going to be? It’s totally up to us.
One thing I know; no winter lasts forever. When this is over, let’s all meet and hug each other again. But for now, wash your hands, keep your distance, and #staythefuckhome.
Do your part.