Do the hardest thing of all: learn to be with yourself.

My “武漢肺炎 has long overstayed its welcome” face.

Dear Rest of the World: Welcome to COVID-19, aka 武漢肺炎, aka Wuhan Pneumonia, aka coronavirus, aka the plague, aka “just a bad flu that can cause deep-seated pneumonia, and incubates for two weeks while the asymptomatic carrier goes around spreading it unknowingly.”

You see your life today? You see your feelings? All the reactions and emotions that are cropping up, within you, and in those around you?
We’ve been there for two months already. We hoped it would fizzle down soon after Lunar New Year (that would be, by early February, fyi). Although Taiwan has it largely under control, the last NINE CASES as reported this weekend alone have all been IMPORTED by people who, for whatever reason, travelled abroad: Europe, Japan, America.

Look, I know that cancelling your travel plans sucks. I know there are some sweet deals on flights and hotels right now. I know how frustrating it is to “just stay home” and yes, I understand how not travelling is damaging the tourism industry and everyone supported by it (trust me, my degree is in tourism, I understand!!).

But I urge you, to not be selfish. If you are returning from abroad, please self-quarantine. I have two separate family members here in Taiwan who voluntarily self-quarantined for two weeks upon returning, not necessarily because they were sick (they’re not), or because they came from an infected area (questionable), but because ***airports, airplanes, and travel hubs are high-risk areas***

Even if you are strong and healthy, there are many you may come in contact with who are NOT, AND if you do get sick from your fun trip to *insert fun destination here* then you will add strain on an already overburdened healthcare system and our overworked nurses and doctors. Added strain that could have been avoided, if you had just. stayed. home.

Get over your denial. I don’t care what your belief is about the virus, if you think it’s some government-engineered thing, a conspiracy theory, some evil alien overlords, the last strike in fear domination, whatever. We as human beings live on this planet. Together. Stop travelling, stop gathering en masse, sharing food, drinks, smokes, and spit.

And do the hardest thing of all: learn to be with yourself.

Learn to be with your loved ones. Learn how you can come together as a family and enjoy time together.

Use this time to further your studies, to read some books, to develop a workout routine (from the safety of your clean home). Whatever it is that you’ve been meaning to do, but haven’t. Do it now.

Acknowledge your very real, very human, very normal fears. And choose love. Choose not to /react/ when someone expresses views that are different from yours. Do things that HELP your fellow human, yourself, and our tired Earth. Be kind. Offer assistance (from a safe distance, obvs). And get comfortable being with yourself. Stop running away from your life.

Again, welcome to COVID-19. Enjoy the ride.


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Good post! Stay Positive!

    Consider this,

    What if a coronavirus could talk to us?

    Read to know.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Island Britt says:

      I’ll check it out!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Rowena says:

    Coming from someone who has gone through this. I am so sharing this! It should be on all social media sites. It’s unbelievable how the majority of people in the USA still don’t get it.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Island Britt says:

      Oh wow, thank you Rowena. We’re still going through it, unfortunately. Many people have been travelling abroad, and bringing the virus back into Taiwan. Our cases have nearly doubled as a result, in only three or four days. Please, share away! And stay safe in Italy. My thoughts are with you there.

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  3. Rowena says:

    I spoke to my sister in Seattle and she’s getting her info from me, so she knows better. From her observation, nobody is really taking this seriously. They’re more concerned with stockpiling food and other essentials, not distancing themselves from others.


    1. Island Britt says:

      I hope everyone steps up quickly! We do what we can. Unfortunately some will still remain in denial, or believe their right to freedom is more important than keeping the community as a whole safe. Thanks again for sharing, xoxo


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