Be Safe

“Be safe”. We are saying this to one another at the end of almost every conversation lately to let others know that we care about them and their well-being. We are all afraid of the invisible virus that we cannot see, but one that is consuming our days and nights. The biggest fear most of us have is from the unknown; who has “it”, are we “safe”, and if we are, for how long? We lock ourselves behind closed doors and hope that it won’t find us, but you can’t turn on the TV or login to social media without reading about it… without hearing the latest statistics and body count… without seeing the damage that it is causing, near and far, but it’s the “nearness” that is the most scary.

Hospitals are running out of masks and protective supplies. We don’t know if we will have enough hospital beds or ventilators. We don’t even know if we will have enough healthcare professionals to get us through this nightmare of a virus, especially if it doesn’t go away soon. It’s not like other serious illnesses are taking a step back and not requiring treatment or hospital beds… no, they still exist and deserve our full attention as well.

Those who are fortunate are able to work from home, but the bravest people I know are showing up to work every day, even though it’s hard; even though they are afraid and don’t know how or when this will end… while the cowards are out buying up the last rolls of toilet paper and hoarding them because they don’t care about anyone else… as if that will save them.

So if I haven’t already said it to you… please be safe. Please take care of yourself and know that I care about you.