The restriction measures around the world are now being lifted and along with the relief that we will be getting back to normal, the anxiety that the virus might become strong again or that one could get sick started to be on many people’s minds. Should we embrace or fear freedom?
Like in many other European countries, Romania will start relaxing the security measures for Covid-19 starting this week. The population was divided between those who were looking forward to going out and those who want to stay indoors to protect themselves. As a disclaimer, the measures in Romania were strict, people were only allowed to go out for urgent matters, work if that cannot be performed from home or shop.
Just as the animals from the circus, when facing freedom, many get scared and want to return to the cages, so how dangerous will it be to go out? Are we slaves to a false sense of security? Should we stay indoors forever? Should we go out and meet our friends and families? And how will we calm our anxiety about what is coming next?
Getting out of the house always meant risking, you could always get run over by a reckless driver, fell down and hurt yourself, get mugged, contact a contagious disease, and many other fatalist scenarios. Yet living means taking risks, we cannot place ourselves in a bubble and always be safe. Each time you get in a plane there is a risk of it crashing, each time to get behind the wheel there is a chance you might die. Unfortunately, the only certainty in life is that it will end, but before we die we first need to live, and as a result, take risks.
Like in every aspect of our life, we need to make sure there is a balance, we should not be meeting with many people, we should keep a safe distance and we should avoid elderly family members.
Another thing that is nowadays happening is the parties with Covid-19 positive people for the healthy ones to get the immunization. That is not how vaccine or medicine created from the plasma of the healed patience work, that is just plain stupidity. I am not surprised thou by the idiotic behavior since we are living in the era when the cinnamon challenge was a thing.
Learning to live with this virus, dealing with the risk of contracting the disease sometime in our lives, and also dealing with the anxiety that we are going to die someday is what we should be focusing on. None should be blamed for being afraid, yet we need to identify where this fear is coming from and work on solving the root cause.
In the last years, we lived in a society that made us afraid of everything, media and social media has always told us to look out for all the bad things that are happening in the world and that we need to get more and more layers of safety nets around us. Kids these days are raised with their parents doing everything for them and end up having zero exposure to real life. For many people out there, social distancing was not even an issue, since they were already living that lifestyle. Working from home, along with having a few or even none real-life friends, made them feel no difference. Even more, they were now told that their lifestyle is the correct one since it’s the safest.
Humans are social beings, we need the company and the presence of our families and friends to live a healthy and happy life. We need a partner to have a family of our own and the kids that we raise need to be independent enough to explore the world knowing that we are in proximity to help, “IF” needed. Also, after a certain time, we need to let the kids fly from our “nests” and create their own.
The coronavirus showed us not only how vulnerable we are when facing a pandemic, but also how affected we are by the smallest change in our routine. We are so used to living a safe and secure life that we are completely losing it when something disturbs our balance. Humanity has been through a lot and it has proven how adaptable we really are, this is not the first nor will it be the last pandemic that we will see.
Freedom is a basic need and right for every living being, or at least it should be, so gaining it back should bring us relief and should make us want to live a better life starting now, not scare us of what might happen “if”. There will always be “ifs” in our lives, we just have to do our best to live and work around those.
Note: This is not in any means an invite to be reckless in the time to come, we should maintain the social distance and follow the rules that are imposed by each country. I am positive that in the months to come, the virus will have fewer victims and by keeping the numbers low we can help the health system and the scientists that are working on creating a vaccine for the virus.