My quarantine buddy had to go back to work today. Yep, physically, not virtually.
I’ve had asthma my whole life, which puts me in a higher risk category than most. We’ve been so careful, so clean, so cautious in our isolation together. One day we went to the park & touched nothing on our 2 block walk there. I was careful to not even touch the grass. But the truth is, my immune system needed the fresh air, the sunshine, & the break from the stress. It was worth it.
But now I don’t know when we’ll be able to see each other again, since he’s being forced to work in the public sector & I am considered immunocompromised. To be honest, what’s most frustrating isn’t that we’ll now be isolated from each other, but that his co. isn’t considering ME. Yep, I know that sounds selfish at first. But what I mean by ME is all the families and roommates of their staff. He & I can manage quarantining ourselves from each other after he’s re-exposed this week. We don’t live together. But what about his coworkers who can’t?
Anyways. I just wanted to voice that. There’s a lot of irresponsibility happening right now, while also a lot of tough judgment calls happening right now. There’s a million considerations each person has to make, each executive has to make, each parent, each roommate has to make right now.
What I keep coming back to, though, when I find myself upset, is compassion. I bet the execs in his company ARE making considerations. I bet they’re stressed af; can’t sleep at night. It might even come down to decisions like lay-offs or exposure? I know what my choice would be - but the point is - it’s a tough choice.
Everyone is doing their best right now w/ the tools they have. Even those Gen Z’s who are still spring-breaking. They’re doing the best ...w/ the tools they have.
So let’s be a lil’ more kind w/ each other.
A shout out to anyone who has asthma & is feeling extra on edge. A shoutout to anyone living in a studio w/ no outdoor space. A shoutout to couples who have been thrown into a relationship accelerator vacuum. A shoutout to couples who can’t be together. A shoutout to families that can’t be together.
Tag who you wish was next to you right now.