• Marie Hanna Curran

I'm Tired - & it's not just my ME -

Covid-19, Coronovirus, whatever it's name. All I hear is "poor me, poor me, poor me".

This Island is about to be hit with an Everest of calamities, death will become the topic of conversation as will, "could have, should have, would have"...

Right now we're in a tiny window of possibility, a sliver of hope where we know our actions can impact positively upon our future.

In this small sliver, everyone needs to stay home unless they are working, getting food (which should only be done once a week) or taking a walk on their own. Asides from these three things no one should be moving about this island. And of course when on the move, everyone should be at least 2 metres away from the next person and everyone should be mindful and conscious of others.

Life as we knew it has changed. Let's accept this, suck up the changes and get on with implementing these changes because someone else's life will depend on these changes.

Eight years ago I lost my job, my social life and my hobbies. Eight years ago I began living life from the small box of my home. It was a change I had to adapt to. There was no choice involved.

None of us have a choice today. Change must occur if we are to survive.

Let's also accept we are not living in war torn Yemen, we are not clambering at European boarders having fled Syria or Afghanistan, we are not living on the continent of Africa where one ventilator per 10 million or more is common.

We are living on an island where medical experts, scientific experts and our government are trying to steer us in the right direction. We have the most up to date information, we have facts and we have knowledge, thanks to our HSE, at the tips of our fingernails.

There is no excuse for anyone to be an idiot on this island. And anyone seen to be a selfish idiot needs to be called out as such.

Slowing the spread of this virus can only be achieved if we all act together and act as one.

We’re facing into uncertain times and every aspect to the manner in which we live needs to be altered. Today is the time for smart decision making, smart thinking.

Coronavirus doesn’t know most of us yet but based on the statistics, we will get to know him/her in the months ahead. There will be tough times, there will be grief, there will be upset and there will be economic impacts to this nation that will be long lasting.

That said, none of us know what the future holds. Today is the only day that matters. Today’s choices matter, so let’s all make good decisions today. Let’s accept change and let’s be flexible, adapt and adopt to the required adjustments so as to guarantee our future of tomorrows.

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