April 7, 2020
Humans are social animals, our bodies are built to be around each other and when we are separated, we dream of danger and develop the tendency for bad thoughts. We feel a sense of security by being together but when our ties are broken, loneliness takes control. As we continue our newly imposed social-distancing, we are tempted to feel intimidated or overcome with fear and belief that our hard-earned freedom is under scrutiny by the authority.
Schools are closed, children are home and for many overwhelmed by emails from teachers, remember you are not alone. The world around us is spinning, there is a feeling of loneliness in the United States just as in Spain, Britain, Poland, Nigeria and other nations dealing with the invisible threat of Coronavirus. The economy is crashing and for many, being stranded at home without the daily routine of office activities is becoming unbearable, while they forget that health-is-wealth without which life is meaningless.
As you deal with your life of social-distancing, the worst you can do is complain about loneliness, while the air around is filled with the stench of deaths and agony of those who have become sacrificial victims of a deadly virus, due to no fault of their own. This is a slow-moving disaster with no end in sight, but while it is deadly, you can only overcome by developing the skill of survival without subjecting your body to whining about isolation.
At the time of writing, the global number of Corona cases is 1,412.103 with the number of deaths at 81,103. In the United States alone, there are 386,800 cases with the number of deaths at 12,285. With no end in sight, the White House Corona taskforce is predicting the number of deaths could rise, as nations scramble global resources to find a Vaccine. There is every indication social distancing is beginning to bear fruits, the least you can do is not take your eyes off the reality or complain about unwanted isolation.
We must stay apart today so we can stay together tomorrow. The streets are deserted now but we are all in this together. As you worry about loneliness, remember those already lost who have no opportunity of a second chance. Think about the healthcare workers and those on the frontline tasked with the responsibilities to battle a dangerous killer. Worry about the homeless with no help who are currently on the streets and remain as vectors likely to transfer the virus to the rest of us.
In all, count your blessings and appreciate the grace of good health. As you reluctantly deal with loneliness, remember you are not the only one. Globally, we are all in a battle, only the strong and mentally prepared will survive. Coronavirus remains alive and walks the face of the earth looking for whom to devour. The winning strategy is social-distancing, stay apart today to stay together tomorrow.
Adeyemi Oshunrinade is an expert in law, foreign relations and the United Nations. He is the author of ‘Wills Law and Contests,’ ‘Constitutional Law-First Amendment,’ ‘Criminal Law-Homicide’ and ‘SAVING LOVE’ available on Amazon. Follow on Twitter @san0670.
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