This post is a challenge. A challenge for each of you to share your stories. Perhaps we can connect on another level with those who are choosing not to heed to measures being put in place to protect those most vulnerable during this unprecedented and challenging time of COVID-19.
My work focuses a lot on patterns. Patterns of behaviour, patterns of emotions, reflexive patterns that often prevent us from being the best we can be, whether personally or professionally.
In the wake of COVID-19, it is both shocking and dismaying to see large groups of people, and particularly the young, who are not willing to adapt their behaviours for the common good of their families and the communities around them.
I think of my own grandparents, long gone, and the impact they had on my life. In particular, my maternal grandmother, who I credit with keeping me alive through some very difficult times in my life. There were times when I felt that she was the only one in my life who loved me unconditionally, and that love carried me through some challenging times. And I wonder what would have happened if I had not had that. Where might I be today? Would I be here?
Do the young people we are seeing right here in Vancouver, as well as all over North America not understand the far-reaching impacts of their behaviours? Do they not appreciate the people in their lives, in their own families, and the importance of these figures in their lives? And how their behaviours are putting people at risk?
I think of my young daughters, who already have limited time with their elderly grandparents. While we want to maximize that time, and their opportunity to form relationships and lasting memories, people are recklessly ignoring lifesaving measures that are being put in place to prevent the spread of this virus.
In North America, we are at the outset of this outbreak, however, we do not have to look far to see areas of the world such as Italy and Spain, where entire generations are being wiped out, with hundreds dying daily.
Locally, families are facing these same losses. Here is an interview from a friend, colleague and neighbor, who in a time of unimaginable loss, is imploring each of us to do our part to help stem the spread of this disease.
This is here. This is now. We must each do our part to keep ourselves, our families, our communities safe. This is not someone else’s problem.
Please share your stories of the important people in your lives. Your parents, your grandparents. Past and Present.