The news from the outside makes it sound like everyone is starting to quarantine (or home isolate) but outside my window tells a different tale. There is a constant stream of cars throughout the day and traffic in the morning and evening. As my hotel is on a main road that connects directly to an interstate this has to be people going to work. So are people quarantining or going about life as normal?
Knowing that there are still many professions (health care, police/fire/ems, grocery workers, gas stations, etc.) that still need to be at work, this is likely the cause for some of the traffic. Others I suspect really haven’t grasped the seriousness of this yet and are still going about their day to day activities. I think its especially hard for us as Americans because this enemy is one we can’t see.
By our very nature American’s are fighters and competitors. Most of our first instinct in a crisis is to take action. To jump in and do things we think will help ourselves (like buying large amounts of groceries) or others. Because of our nature however we are also defiant. We think that these things won’t happen to us, so we won’t let it affect our daily lives. The unfortunate thing is that the virus is preying on that. It wants us to come out of our homes and continue like nothing has changed. That will let it continue to spread throughout our homes and communities in search of the at risk population.
Our Greatest Action is Inaction
Its hard to feel like you helping anything when you are just sitting around. Trust me, I’ve been in a hotel a few miles from home for 8 days now. My type A personality is going nuts sitting in this room. I want to go out and do something to help my family (even though they don’t need any real help right now).
However my action of sitting here in this room separating myself from them is an action in and of itself. Its protecting them from something I could be carrying without symptoms that may effect them. In this battle the correct thing to do is to stay home an minimize our physical interactions with one another. We’ve seen how that works in country’s like South Korea and how when not followed it can rapidly not work (like in Italy). For some of us we have to learn to be OK with this inaction as an action. It is what will save our family members, our friends, and ultimately our way of life.
Still want to do something?
If you still can’t get it our of your system and have to feel like your doing something, make a list of the positive things you can do from your home or self quarantine location. That is what I did when I first went into quarantine and on day 8 it has paid massive dividends. I still feel some of the world’s uneasiness, but it has allowed me to focus on things i can achieve from in here. Choose things that will help you going forward like exercising more, cleaning or de-cluttering your house, becoming more efficient with your working hours, or focusing on your family. These may seem like small or even selfish things, but that is exactly what we need in the world right now.
- Get 8 Hours of Sleep- Check,
- Eat Healthy- Check, Muffin and Yogurt for breakfast, Sandwich for lunch, Pasta and Salad for dinner (And a fruit snack at night!)
- Exercise Everyday – Check, Day 8 of 8. Getting stronger and wanting to do more!
- Still be productive- Check
- Virtually date my wife (and talk to the kids)- Check, ate dinner while they made dinner
- Launch the blog –Complete, day 8 of 8 posting!
- Read more – Trying to read, but after reading all the news everyday I’m having a hard time getting into my book
- Minimize TV/Internet/Video Games –Check, watched a sports documentary
- Relax- This is easy without having to get ready for work or commuting (Its a real time saver!)