There is always uncertainty in life. It’s just that I — and many others, I’m sure — tend to assume the best in most circumstances.
I have my $ in the stock market (not individual stocks, but still).
I have planned a TON of travel this year, both personally and for our family (most of it domestic; one trip to Germany for a podcast-related event! I am now starting to doubt how realistic this is). Some of it can be cancelled without penalty, but certainly not all of it. And honestly, I was getting a lot of joy out of my anticipatory experience.
And then things happen. Things like a pandemic. (Or a hurricane. Or a dangerous political situation. Or Or OR OR).
It’s hard to keep going forward in life when the entire future is called into question. It’s hard to keep focusing on thing like kids’ homework and long term work projects. It’s easy to get sucked into reading news websites and clicking link after link, huddled in a corner in a cold sweat and distracted for the day’s activities.
But it is striking to me how little I can actually do personally about the current happenings. Unlike hurricane prep (shutters! water! evacuation!), it is quite hard to know what to do to ‘prepare’. In fact, if most of us are going to get it (as one well-known and well-decorated epidemiologist suggests), isn’t the best thing to do NOTHING? Keep calm and carry on? NOT drain the country of emergency supplies (have you seen the prices of masks on amazon!?!) and waste every day freaking out about what might be?
Well, I’m trying not to. I am trying to just focus on each day (hour, minute). I will admit that it’s hard, though. How about everyone else?