Today I wanted to make some homemade cabbage soup and got in the car to go to the local grocery store, but then paused. I sat in the car thinking, was it worth getting a cabbage to possibly get coronavirus and die? The answer wasn’t as easy as you would think. At first I thought, yes, I’m fine, I’m not going to catch anything, then I thought about, what if?
What if I came into contact with someone who was ill and I picked up the potentially deadly virus? I struggled with the decision and then got upset. I only wanted to make soup, nothing out of the ordinary, not go ski-diving or jump off a bridge, things that are considered risky. I just wanted to make some healthy tasty soup, yet now the message I was hearing on the news was that a trip to the grocery store to get a cabbage could possibly kill me….
How to live life in uncertain and unpredictable times? Not an easy thing to do. I am following the CDC’s guidelines and trying to avoid large groups of people and staying at home for the most part, but sometime’s it’s not easy. I turned the engine off and got out of my car. I did not get the cabbage and sulked into my house, without a cabbage, feeling disappointed.
I also talked to my son down south yesterday. He informed me that he didn’t have any toilet paper. I finished our phone call and later thought, I didn’t ask him if he needed any toilet paper. So I called back and asked him a question I thought I would never ask. “Can I send you some toilet paper?”
As we all continue to adjust to the shortages and to isolation, we need to be responsible and take care of ourselves the best we can. Life is not easy, but somehow we will all get through this together and rebuild our lives, our countries, and our economies. Life will go on.
In the meantime, I go without cabbage soup and my son goes without toilet paper, yet we survive!