There is a great song by John Lennon called Nobody Told Me and the chorus is so apt when it says:
“Nobody told me there would be days like these ,
Nobody told me there woud be days like these ,
Stange days indeed,
Strange days Indeed,
Everybodys runnin and no one makes a move.“
One can hardly look at the world without considering our current COVID-19 “status” as we call it, and then contemplate the long term implications of where we are today.
As soon as this virus broke and spread to more than one country something triggered in the back of my mind – this is going to change the world like 9/11 did , but on many other levels none of us even contemplated. In fact this will be a seismic realignment of the world as we know it and will change things from the simplest mundane items like how we go shopping , how we eat, go to work and even buy a car. The more you think about it the list is endless.
What for me is so crazy is that the world just stopped , governments around the world forced their citizens to do and not do so many things in an attempt to stop this virus , yet they would not even lift a hand to stop preventable things: like GBV, robbery, rape, murder, alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents, and so many other things that could be stopped and have a greater impact on society. Just think about it , here we are 3 – 6 months into a global pandemic (depending on whose information you believe) that no one seems to know where it started, how it started, and when it will end. Even the smartest of people like Bill Gates make daily assumptions on the date a vaccine can be available and if in fact this will be able to stop the ’19, as I call it in its tracks.
It is going to be very interesting is to see how countries, politicians and every day folk try perfect the “clean non covid-19” way of living without metamorphisizing into another person. Old foes will become friends and the purchase of goods and services will come under scrutiny as we all try to find the ONE WAY. To be sure , it is going to be very hard of all of us and as I don’t claim to be a psychic or even have any fortune telling ability I can only say this:
“We are the only people who will or wont tolerate these changes” and what I know for sure is that what happens next is in our hands.
So , as we navigate through the daily decisions that we all face, such as what to wear, what to eat and what to do today at the office. I am reminded of our “humanness” if that is a word and how we can be so smart yet so unwise at the same time. The question is, where to from here? Well, it’s hard to say but what I do believe this is not the last Pandemic that will knock the world but let’s hope that we are better prepared next time. In the meantime, let us fix the things that can be fixed as we wait for the COVID-19 storm to pass and we better prepare for any future pandemics.
During this time may we always remember that we have 168 hours a week to make a difference to the world and every little bit helps. Why not take time to appreciate the things we have and intentionally be the people that make a small difference in the world.
As it will all add up in the end and surely prevent another “Strange Day” like we are having now.