Doing it tough applies to so many people and groups these days. Businesses, especially small ones are doing it tough. Of course that flows on to the people they employ, and there are a vast number (putting it mildly) of unemployed because of COVID 19. Surprisingly, to me ‘cos I never thought of it, sports players are doing it tough. They cannot play sports or train as a team ‘live.’
As time goes on, so many people are complaining of social isolation… sorry, I don’t mean to offend, but probably will. Beneath the layers of complaints are some groups of people I know of, for whom this is not a new problem.
Veterans are doing it tough
I have no personal experience of a veteran’s life, but since becoming aware of the problems, I have read some stories. The following comment, sadly, epitomizes people’s self-centeredness. It is shown so poignantly by a comment from a young veteran.
“I was watching the news one day and it was some trivial stuff about the price of fuel. I said to my dad, ‘I don’t get it, why is everyone so up in arms about the price of fuel when on the other side of the world there are people literally dying and no one gives a hoot?’ Dad turned around and goes, ‘Because this is their world’, and it just blew my mind. When he said that I realised that it was true, that deploying to warlike operations or coming back from war, no-one really gave a crap.”
Whole article here https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-04-25/being-a-war-veteran-at-27/8467046
Think about it for a moment, and when you have thought, if you pray, then say a prayer for these people. If you are an employer, consider hiring a veteran.
Others doing it tough
Some, by ‘virtue’ of caring for the vulnerable, have to ‘self-isolate’ as a matter of course. I have a dear friend in this position. Her adult daughter is in the ‘high vulnerability’ category. She has had a serious health condition since she was in her teens. Now, she is more than twice that age and has to be extremely careful. Her mother has to self-isolate to protect her.
Another friend is a Carer for a vulnerable young man and has to self-isolate to protect him.
People over a certain age are classified as being vulnerable, and in the ‘special category’ that others are supposed to respect. Most, people do, but others, thinking they will brighten up the lonely life of a friend, or acquaintance, ignore the warning. In spite of their good intentions, they are putting someone at risk.
Then there are ‘us.’
People with serious health problems whose lifestyle is isolated. Example…
My late husband and I suffer(ed) fragrance allergies. In those days it was seen as us ‘being funny,’ or exaggerating a dislike. Let me assure you, I used to like perfume, and my late husband used to like his aftershave. These were some of the many products we had to give up… and avoid people who would not respect our health conditions. It is a health condition.
So many losses.
- Our own lifestyle changes
- Not being able to attend church any more
- Nor could we attend movie or theatre performances
- Even public transport became a nightmare.
It seemed that we became problems to our own families.
This has been brought to the front of my mind when I saw so many complaints from Facebook ‘friends.’ So many complaints about social isolation!
Some people no longer have a life! COVID 19 claimed their lives, and left their families grieving. Who cares about the people who have lost family members to this ‘plague?’
Then there are are many like me. Alone, chronically ill, isolated.
Since my husband died, over six years ago, this – and other ‘special’ times of year, I have had to celebrate alone.
Then, since my health took a ‘dive’ and I ended up needing an increasing flow rate of oxygen over the twenty-four hours a day I require it, I have been self-isolated. What is it the Americans say? ‘Suck it up.” Not quite sure what that means, but it sounds like what I have had to learn to do. Make the best of what I have, look at what I can do, and don’t bother complaining.
Most people are too focused on their own lives and difficulties to be interested in the lives of people like me, permanently in ‘lockdown.’
I am not insensitive to the difficulties of those unused to this way of life!
And I do pray for them to be able to cope with the separation.
But when all of this is over, their lives will continue.
The lives of people like me and those others mentioned in this blog will continue on in isolation.
This is not meant to offend, although I am afraid it might, and it is not the post I had intended for this week. However, I guess reading all those complaints about how difficult life is under these restrictions stirred me up.
Closing thoughts… these restrictions might be saving lives… perhaps the life of one of your dear family members.
I hope so,