I am finding it super hard not to give in to fear.
I’ll get to love and how it fits, but first I want to talk about this fear.
It is the more I hear about coronavirus’ wave of suffering and death. I read about it spreading, about people quarantined and unable to live their lives as before, and the general sense of abandonment so many feel.
The more I know, the more I learn, the more I feel panicked AF.
It’s as if this pandemic is like a hardcore sci-fi thriller come to life – one virus bent on world contamination.
For people like me who are prone to catch colds and flu, the idea of this deadly and fast moving biological threat is nothing short of freaking terrifying.
I’m young enough to be scared and old enough to understand the human way of life will be irrevocably changed because of it.
Hearing about people hoarding toilet paper, medical supplies running low and in some cases, looted, about all of us moving more and more to an apocalypse-mindset – selfish and cold, makes me sad too.
This adds to my fear, because nothing scares me more than the “fired-up-mob” mentality.
Yes, take precautions, be healthy, and don’t take unnecessary risks, but none of that should equate to hyper selfishness.
Every mindless step we take following the panicked “me versus them” ideal, is a step away from love, and toward unending, apocalyptic fear. It is one of the ways this globally impactful situation highlights our two core emotions – fear and love.
The kind of fear I am talking about offers no solutions and no reprieve. There are only dead-ends and a countdown on our mortality.
As if that wasn’t enough, it brings devastating emotions with it – desperation, betrayal, distrust… the list goes on.
When we live in love, there is hope, there are solutions, and there is community. This abundance makes it less about being scared and adhering to basic instincts. Rather, you are able to see the bigger picture and initiate strategies to keep not only you, but your loved ones and neighbors safe.
You still have control over your life, and while you have been given a new threat to focus on, acknowledge why you’re scared to begin with.
It’s about losing love, life, and enjoyment.
Yes, I am afraid. That isn’t all though…
I know to curb this fear I can’t focus on the problem’s “what ifs”. I have to find safe and healthy ways to live my life with as much love in it as possible, no matter what coronavirus brings.
Don’t allow fear to harden your heart and turn you to ice. Don’t let the pandemic become the only thing you focus on.
Instead, let love in and let’s work together to be healthier, happier, and beat this virus and all future threats, together.
Are you giving in to fear or love?
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