Well, here we are, Easter Sunday. Still under this stay-in-place order. So, can’t go to family’s for Easter dinner, can’t go to the cemetery to visit my parents’ graves. It’s even raining out so there’s no hanging outside in the backyard with the hubby and the dog, grilling for ourselves. This is like the most dreary and depressing Easter I have ever experienced.
I’ve pretty much stopped watching updates on the news about the COVID-19 outbreak. Things are already depressing enough and my husband will tell me anything that is truly important because he still follows everything.
I, on the other hand, have submerged myself in TV, movies, comic books and novels. I have so many reviews to type up, but I keep getting side tracked by random things. Ooooh, squirrel!....
Anyways, I feel like people around here are really starting to get a little tense and a little depressed. While there are definitely some people taking risk into their own hands by not following the CDC guidelines or the Mayor and Governor’s directives, most people around here ARE following what the government has told us to do. So, we ARE staying home and not going out unless it is for essential purposes. And there are certain types of people that are the very motivated, go-go-go kind of people and right now, they are just miserable. People who are used to face to face social interaction are finding that they are feeling depressed as well. Alcohol sales have gone up in my area (and probably across the nation) just like gun and ammo sales skyrocketed.
I also see the despair on people’s faces as they are in the grocery store spending money they don’t have or will not be replaced. That stressed out look of “what am I going to do when…?” is permeating the entire nation.
I live in a small town on the outskirts of a large metropolitan area. I say small town because that’s the feel here. Not only where I live but also throughout the entire metro area. It’s small town life mixed with big city livin’. But, in my “city” because technically it IS a city, there’s only about 25,000 people. And yet you wouldn’t even know it. It seems like there’s only about 5,000 of us and the city limits are very small. In the grand scheme of the metro area, this little city is really just about fifteen square miles and that’s it. That’s small. The main metro area is about 8,000 square miles and has about 2.5 million people in it.
So, we’re one of the little towns outside the metro. And we’re hurting. People are angry, frustrated, they’re losing faith and losing hope. There is a feeling of gloom and doom lurking throughout town and it seems that NOBODY is thankful for anything.
Just 2 months ago, everyone was making plans for the coming Spring months and starting projects, planning vacations. Businesses were making stock purchases based on normal life circumstances. Now, everyone is broke, everyone is holding back, everyone is cranky and people are actually longing for social interaction. Even those that live on their digital devices are craving human interaction because, well, that’s human nature. We instinctively feel a need to be social because at our basic core as animals and as a species, we are a social species. Mankind, if talking in an animal sense, would be considered a pack type animal species. We flock to our own instinctively, we stick with like beings and we forge relationships and connections because we need that to satisfy an emotional need. And it’s the emotion that is a big part of what separates us from other animals. Yes, other animals feel emotion, but very few forge and keep the kind of relationships we as humans do.
So, the idea of being locked away from social interaction is really having a brutal effect on a lot of people. I worry about the stress levels of people in this country and what that will lead to. People can only take so much. Everyone has their breaking point. What happens when people start hitting that breaking point? And not just one person a day or one here and there, but many at time, repeatedly, over and over. It’s an unsettling thought. Especially since there aren’t any zombies or aliens to fight or anything like that, just each other. That is what I think could turn out really bad. No common physical enemy to unleash our rage upon, so we unleash it upon each other…like Purging almost, just not sanctioned by the government…at least, not yet.
For those of you that are losing hope, keep your head up. Check out this country’s history. Our economy has been in utter shambles many times and we always bounce back. Reconstruction of anything always takes more time than the destruction of it.
So, stay strong, stay safe, stay healthy and thanks for reading!!!!!