“We know you are tired, tired and scared. Happens to everyone, okay? Just don’t let your feet stop.”
The funk is real, man.
It’s been a month since I did the last post on my blog, and that covered Thanksgiving. Between then and now, winter has settled in up here in Maine. While it has been a fairly mild winter, so far, it is after all just the middle of December and we have two, if not three, more months of this.
For many people, especially in Maine or most of the northern states of the United States, as well as many northern-most countries of the world, winter brings its own kind of fun in outdoor activities such as skiing, sledding, ice-fishing, and other activities of the cold and wet kind.
And then we have Christmas.
Sounds good, right?
Nah, man. It’s 2020.
I predict that in future history books, many children will come to see that the year 2020 is synonymous to the phrase, “Year from Hell”.
While that may never happen, I ain’t far from the truth about 2020. It has, and always will be, the year from Hell for all of us who made it through this year somewhat intact. Somewhat.
During this past month, between binge watching Madam Secretary, playing a bit of Guild Wars 2, and trying to keep my sanity mostly intact, (mostly!), I neglected to do any of my writing, which happens to be my pet project and my dreams for a future career.
For a writer to do any writing of any kind, one must be in the right frame of mind to get any writing done. In my case, when my OCD and anxiety kicks into high gear, when I start fretting and fuming over inconsequential things, my pet project takes a nose dive and suffers as a result.
A few years past, I would have given up on the project entirely, but thankfully I have not. It just goes to show how far I’ve come from the days when I couldn’t do anything but be consumed by my own anxiety.
Small Victories Matter.
This past month alone has been a stuff of nightmares for Stephen King to write about. As I pause and think about what has happened, my mind drifted off into all the thoughts and opinions I had over the various issues in question, and truthfully, if I listed them all, we’d be reading this blog all day today, and half the next day.
My point is this. Everything that has happened (and I’ll get to that in a moment), has quite literally consumed many of us, in one way or another. I can’t speak for everyone, because we all live different lives differently, but I can truthfully say that there’s just been an onslaught of bad news that has affected all of us.
- Covid-19 remains unchecked as it runs rampant over all of us in the world. Here, in the United States alone, well, the numbers may or may not be fudged with miscounts and misdiagnoses, but folks, let’s be real. The coronavirus is extremely contagious, it can be deadly for those with pre-existing conditions, and it has affected us on a more personal level then merely getting sick. It has permeated our societies, and caused untold suffering on a scale that is global. It truly is a global pandemic, whether or not it is not as bad as the Spanish flu was, or even Ebola. I don’t need to tell you the numbers. Meanwhile, we have people still not wearing face masks and still going to church and calling it an Act of God. People, the virus kills indiscriminately, whether you wear angel wings or a devil’s tail. It’s an act of nature.
- The economy is tanking. Unemployment is on the rise. More and more homeless people are being seen on the streets of America. Our essential workers, the nurses, the doctors, and everyone else who had to work through the pandemic, are tired, worried, fearful, and there’s no end in sight. Many small businesses closed their doors and as I drive through the streets of my city, I see many an empty building. Not even a couple of years ago, the streets were teeming with the masses of humanity; now, there are many parking lots sitting lifeless while we remain sheltered in our homes, quarantining ourselves from a pandemic that doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon.
- Meanwhile, in Washington D.C., our very own government is fractured right down the middle between the right and the left. Republican vs. Democrat. It has spilled out to our homes and families, as many people have chosen to take sides over political differences. Your BFF just might be sneering at you; your sibling refuses to talk to you. Why? Because of the ideological and political differences that has fractured our government, our nation, and our families. Meanwhile, President Trump is holed up in the White House, looking to fight an election fraud that may or may not have happened. Right or wrong, all the political differences that we are fighting over pales in comparison to our common enemy, Covid-19.
- Just these past two weeks, Pfizer trotted out the Covid vaccination. Should we rejoice? I think not. The news that the vaccine may help us comes fraught with many other worries; the vaccine itself is a live virus of Covid-19, and with it comes a multitude of symptoms, some known, and some not known. What’s more? It’s not a one time thing. Folks, it’s your choice whether you take the vaccine or not, but get ALL the information before you roll up your sleeves and get stuck with an unproven vaccine. Seriously.
- Separating truth from lies. Misinformation in social media is at an all time high. Trump wasn’t wrong about “Fake News” but I am hesitant to think that a leader of democracy’s greatest country should call them out as such. Why alienate the single thing that controls the information we rely so much on to know what is going on in the outside world from the comfort of our homes during a pandemic? Madness, I tell you. But, he’s not wrong. We do have honest journalism, but with the rise of social networks, we also have networks, individuals, groups such as QAnon, and yes, even other countries, who spread lies and misinformation to further fuel the flames of a civil war that could still happen in our country. Don’t believe everything you read. Except my blog, of course. *wink*
Need I say more?
Nah man, the funk is real.
My point is, it’s almost Christmas time, and all this just puts a damper on festivities normally had during Christmas.
And it shouldn’t.
Take a moment out of your day and think about what you should be grateful for. Also realize that while Christmas is certainly dictated by monetary value, it need not be.
Spend time with loved ones. Family. Friends.
Do things that you enjoy doing, things that you love doing.
Pull away from social media, and just live in the here, and in the now.
Christmas sucks this year, I know. But just take a moment, put up your christmas tree, decorate it with fancy lights and colorful ornaments, and make the best of your Christmas this year.
Don’t get caught up in the news of our world; instead, get caught up in the news of your world.
Small Victories Matter.
Merry Christmas everyone, and Happy Hanukkah.
May 2021 be better for all.