A different slant on COVID-19

We’ve all been dealing with recurring variants of COVID-19. To mask or not to mask is one of the questions, along with how many social events do we attend. Blogger Rita Clagett gave me a new slant on this issue in “Moving On with My Life.” An excerpt:

Today I’m grateful for all the usual things: waking up alive, a morning with a festival of clouds, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with potato chips for lunch–so simple, so delicious.

Kudos to Kelli at the clinic for giving me an absolutely painless injection, and she was kind enough to come out to my car to do it, though I was planning to go inside. I’m grateful I brought an attitude of ease and interest rather than fear or resistance; it led to a good conversation about the local Covid surge, and us each giving just a bit more kindness and attention to the other than two strangers needed to. 

A number of people have told me recently, in talking about Covid, “We’re moving on with our lives.” …(as) though I, and people like me who are still taking Covid precautions seriously, are stuck–as though we are not ‘moving on with our lives’ but frozen in time, frozen in fear, frozen in some lesser state than those who proclaim that Covid is over for them.

The minority of humans, those of us who suffer largely from ‘First World problems,’ really do need to figure out a new way to move forward–as this pandemic proceeds, as climate chaos increases, as our interconnectedness simultaneously deepens and frays–rather than simply going back to business as usual.

From “Moving On with My Life,” by Rita Clagett, Morning Rounds, November 18, 2022

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