Recognizing My Good Fortune.
I’ve been blogging a lot about how stir crazy, lonely, and sometimes stressed I am during the time of this pandemic. But I’ve neglected to recognize how lucky I am to only be stir crazy, lonely, and stressed. So I feel the need to recognize my good fortune in an attempt to balance out both the mood of this blog, and my own perceptions.
First of all, I don’t want to come across as boasting or dismissive. This pandemic is serious and it’s affecting everyone in different ways. I have a few friends and at least one family member who have caught this terrible virus, so I wanted to put this disclaimer first out of respect for them. I don’t want this recognition of my luck to sound like a condemnation of their misfortune.
That said, I am grateful to be so lucky.
My wife and son have their health. My son’s biggest concern right now is how he wants to boss me around on any given day, and I hope his memories of this strange time are curious at best.
I have my livelihood. Thanks to all of you who have remained so supportive and generous over these past weeks. We absolutely do not take you for granted, and will continue to show our appreciation as best we can. We owe you everything.
No one I know who’s caught this virus has died from it. My social media feeds are full of stories of people losing loved ones and friends. My father’s co-worker lost two 30+ year friends over the same weekend. This thing is scary and not to be taken lightly, and I am fortunate that those in my circles have not been seriously affected.
Again, this is not meant to sound superior or condescending. This is a recognition of my fortunate circumstances, and in my reflection realizing that some people’s circumstances are far worse. I’ll be keeping those folks in my thoughts.