Don’t let physical distance become social disconnect!

We are all struggling. I know how you all are feeling. I can understand the hysteria, the nervousness, the fear and ultimately the loneliness that comes with uncertainty and hardship in this global pandemic.

I understand your fear and relate to it. I can understand why people would flock the supermarkets, queue for Centrelink and panic as we all adjust to what’s being referred to as the ‘new’ normal. I get it – we’re all scared.

We are all waiting for this chapter of our lives to be over and done already. We are all secretly hoping that, when we wake up tomorrow, we find that this was an ominous dream and nothing more. Rest assured that it will pass. Trust that feeling. Trust yourselves that this is only for a period.

This sad chapter in human history will pass, much like chapters before this. Much like the World Wars humanity had to endure, much like the previous pandemics like SARS, Ebola, MERS and the plagues.

We will get to see each other on the other side of this. There will be the day when we look back and see how underprepared we were. We will look back and wonder how we let this happen. How could the most technologically advanced generation in human history not prevent this?

May be the coronavirus will remind us once again that we are one human race. Perhaps it will remind us that as social beings, we are responsible for each other’s health and wellbeing. Perhaps it will remind us that one’s bad situation, can be someone else’ worst days. Perhaps it will remind us the contagiousness of our attitudes, our characters and our hopes. And, hopefully this situation will remind us to once again live.

We will look back and try and recall the panic buys, the isle-fights, the quarantine, the work from home, the physical distancing that, for some, lead to social isolation. We will recall the loneliness and sadness we felt.

We will either remember ourselves playing a part in making our futures better, in contributing positively, in keeping families and friends socially connected, yet physically distant; or we will be remembered for getting lost in the chaos. For losing hope. For giving in at the face of adversity and not realising how each human whilst different and so uniquely connected.

It’s up to all of us to step up as one human race. It is up to each individual to do their bit to flatten the curve.  We’ve to stand together (don’t forget 1.5m apart) and follow simple rules to curb the spread of this contagion.

I ask you all – what would you like to remember these moments as? Saving humanity by flattening the curve or toilet paper brawls? What would you tell your grandkids – the stories of your isolation spent with your families and the joy of reconnecting; or the stories of defying the rules put in place and causing the virus to spread?

Perhaps it will remind us to value the little things in life – the squabbling over what burgers to order at your local burger joints, the laughter of togetherness with a group of mates, the fresh air of the Sydney beaches. I know how much we want it to be over. I want you all to trust and have faith. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel.

We are not in a perfect situation. We are all struggling and rightly so. But this is the opportunity to thrive, innovate, love. Be present. And think about what really matters. We are all in this together!

Stay safe, stay home and enjoy life!