Onward and Upward… right?

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When it comes to relaxing in public places, will we ever again feel carefree like this?

Changes in our Lives? What we are experiencing this week is an exaggerated distortion of the lives we’ve known up until now. As well, it is happening so fast that our minds hardly have time to process each new permutation and response, before another is being announced. It is quite obvious that all the “fearless leaders” of the world have little idea what they’re doing.

A week ago tonight, the virus was a concern, but I had a good supply of alcohol gel, chlorine wipes, disposable gloves, a mask and so on. However, by Wednesday I knew I had to cancel my trip to Vancouver. On Friday I paid my housekeeper 2 weeks’ wages, and told her not to come until we see what the situation is like towards the end of the month.

At our college on Friday, the students went home, excited to have a 3-day weekend. “See you Tuesday!” we said. Today, the local government decreed that all schools will stay closed until at least April 21st. That’s five weeks from now; we had no opportunity to set up on-line seminars and work groups. Thank goodness we had finished with our semester exam period.

One of the biggest hurdles in the authorities’ effort to halt the spread of the Corona virus is the public transportation system. Any readers who have taken a ride in one of the city buses or Combis, know passengers are so cramped, that one infected person could pass the virus to everyone riding with him or her. Also Mexicans are physical; they can’t help kissing, hugging and touching each other; as my husband says, “We do so without even thinking,” Restaurants are another risky environment, but many jobs will be lost if the city starts closing them down. So many difficult descisions.

If the virus really catches hold in Mexico, the medical authorities will soon be overwhelmed. Jorge and I are in the highest risk percentage of the population so we are going to take EXTREME precautions. For all intents and purposes, we are self-isolating and I believe this makes good sense. We’ll take a few forays out into the world… our morning walk, some shopping at our local market for what we run out of, and probably we’ll enjoy the odd meal shared at home with friends and family who are also exercising a high level of prudence.

The COVID-19 makes me feel vulnerable, yet I’m determined to face what I have to in order to stay safe. I read an article with a quote from a young woman who attended Saturday night’s Guns n’ Roses concert in Mexico City: Sure I am careful but I need to have some fun.

Our society is so focussed on fun and instant gratification, and the next few weeks will not involve much of those two stimuli. But perhaps it will awaken some sense of solidarity, a virtue we seem to have forgotten about.

For me, the self-imposed isolation won’t be that difficult. I have a comfortable home and lots to keep me busy. Who knows; when I emerge back out to my “regular life”, I may have a good part of my new book written, or a couple of completed paintings? At a bare minimum I will have reorganised my closets and storage spaces.

Onward and Upward… of course.

Published by Changes in our Lives

I am originally from Canada but have lived in Mexico since 1976. My husband is from Merida, Yucatan and we raised our family here. We both worked for many years at Tecnologia Turistica Total (TTT), the tourism, language and multimedia college we founded for local and international students. Now retired, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, My other interests include spending time with freinds, reading, painting, cooking and travel.

7 thoughts on “Onward and Upward… right?

  1. Why cannot I get to read more of your article “Onward and Upward…..right?” dd 16 March 20. The link provided below does not work for me.

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  2. Great article. We are doing the same up here. UBC is now closed so Beth is instructing online starting this week. I do wish they would close all the schools & I don’t understand the rationale that events are ok IF there are less than 250 people attending. What difference if you are 10, 20 or 200 if you are all sitting next to each other – some of the Arts Club plays will still happen because of that ‘magic’ number. Chris & I will not be going tho.
    So far, thankfully, the coast does not off any community cases & only 2 in total. None in the hospital.
    Our IGA store is opening early at 7 am but the first hour will be restricted to shoppers in the high risk category only! So good of them to do that. Several other stores have followed suit.
    Stay safe & comfy. Much love to all.

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    1. Thanks for your reply. Everything fine this morning. When I tried it last night it was after midnight. I have never been overly worried about viruses before but this is really freaking most of us out especially my son who keeps phoning asking me to come home asap. I changed my flight from 31 March ex CUN to 07 April ex MID to avoid the 4 hour ADO ride. Ontario schools closed this week for student break and will continue to be closed for another two weeks afterwards. Hope and pray things return to normal asap.

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      1. Yes, I would be worried about the bus ride. I think you have done the right thing. Like most of us, you must be feeling adrift… none of us have any experience with isolation and this sort of thing. It is hard to be cooped up, but the alternative is worse, isn’t it? We can’t visit, Sharron but if you want to call me sometime, we can talk on the phone… Be well my friend.

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  3. They closed the bars and restaurants here in Ohio yesterday. My caterer friend had a five hundred seat meal canceled last night, it all went to the food bank but most of it will end up in a landfill. The restaurant industry has to send their perishable stuff somewhere…I’m planning a raid on our local liquor store, it is going to be a long hot summer.

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