Did you know that Dr. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, was the Captain of his High School Basketball team and he’s “about” 5’7” tall? Did you know that he’s 79 – turning 80 this year? Did you know that he takes a five mile power walk every day at lunch. What does that tell us? He’s a leader, he stays in shape – mentally and physically – and he has many mental resources at this beck and call. Not only does he have the education – he also has the experience of HIV/AIDS, Zika, Mers, Ebola which gives us all great faith in his words. It’s good to be almost 80!
Yes, we’re in the midst of a pandemic with people getting sick, dying, losing their jobs and/or all of the above!!! And, when you think about it – this happens every day on a much smaller scale – now it seems everyone has an illness or is on the verge of death.
DEEP BREATH! Each and everyone of us deals with “loss of control” differently. This virus of 2019,( Covid 19),has come into our lives and changed everything. We fear something we cannot see, feel or smell. Instead of a hurricane we have a virus with no cure. We barely have a test!! It can be lurking around any corner, on any droplet, on any package on any . . . . you get the drift. It’s killed 221 people in Florida and with a population of 21,477,000 that’s not even one hundredth of one percent but, IT DOESN’T MATTER – it can still kill . . How unsettling is that?
VERY!! We need world peace! This is where seniors are so valuable.. There are many more healthy seniors than unhealthy ones. (Why do we keep ignoring that statistic?) It is their experience of living through bad times that we need to learn from. This is not the first epidemic or pandemic – ask Dr. Fauci! This is the first pandemic the whole of the United States population is susceptible to and there isn’t a vaccine to prevent it.
Here’s what we do know, Covid 19 will run it’s course (I pray it’s soon), and our magnificent medical research facilities will find a cure, make a vaccine and life will go on. At that point we’re left with life lessons. Most seniors can regale us with life lessons and how it comes out better on the other side. In other words, we have to create our own world peace. As Queen Elizabeth said, “ . . . We will succeed- and that success will belong to every one of us. We should take comfort that while we may have more to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends . . . and family again . . . we will meet again.” AMEN!