I hope everyone is hanging in there. Sorry if this sounds insensitive or naive, as I realized the threat of deaths and the unfortunate deaths that have been caused by this, but I really find a lot of cool things about this quarantine situation.
When I was in a kid, I grew up in a small Mountain Town, had a very high elevation. We were surrounded by mountain ranges and mountainous canyons and hundreds of thousands of pine trees.
One year when I was in grade school, we had a huge Wildfire breakout nearby, caused by squirrel that got electrocuted in a powerline. As the days went by, the fire grew immensely and would lurk closer and closer to our hometown which had a population of 300.
From my elementary school– which sat on the edge of the Mountainside, and the canyon side walls of every one of those classrooms we’re giant windows– we could see the forest fire overtaking the mountain in the distance, helicopters working tirelessly dumping water that seemed to no avail. The only thing between that fire and US was a steep downhill into a canyon and then back up hill to our town.
We were told that we were going to have to evacuate but we would wait it out as long as we could. Families were scared. The kids were scared cuz their parents were scared. People were worried for their homes and we were worried for our town.
By the time we were evacuating, single-engine airplanes were dropping pink fire retardant all around the perimeters of the town and on our streets and houses.
But I’ll never forget what my science teacher told us one day while we were staring out the window at this looming, life-threatening, devastating wildfire good.. He exclaimed with excitement, to the effect of– take advantage of the situation! This doesn’t happen every day and it rarely happens to even some of the people, and hardly anyone will ever get to experience something like this!
For some reason, that science teacher and what he said always affected me throughout the years. Cool things can come of this. A learning experience in any situation! That’s the way of scientist views the world, I suppose.
It seems that we’re going to be okay. Yes there are threats and there will be some hardships. But nothing we can’t get through. But just like that fire, right now is a time in our life that will go down in history. We’re in this together and we’re sharing this experience together, GLOBALLY, and it’s just a really cool thing that maybe only once a century anyone will see anything like it.
I’m thankful to get back to sessions and making more custom videos when this is all over. I’ll be thankful to get back to training so I can have my debut Pro MMA fight graduate from amateur status. I’ll be thankful to get back to my entertainment and shows and performance art.
But for now I’m really enjoying not feeling rushed or on any kind of schedule and remembering how to appreciate the little things.