“If you’re reading this…― Chad Sugg
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.”
Living in the boonies is very different from living in the larger metropolises that I am used to. There’s never really a lot going on here, and when there is something going on, the excitement is largely scaled down to suit the 600 or so person population. It has been a rather large adjustment and it is something that I am not really sure I will ever get used to. I have learned that I am more of a city person and that going to the same bar every weekend for the rest of my life, might not really be for me. There are some advantages to being in a place like this however……
One advantage, is that we have the liberty of watching the world burn, before we have to deal with it ourselves. Nothing like a Pandemic along with an economic recession to bring out the worst in people eh?
I have been following what we are doing here in Canada as individuals, and I have to say, I am pretty embarrassed by how a lot of us are acting. There is very much an “Every man for himself” attitude that has surfaced in the last few weeks along with some spectacular ignorance among the masses. Retailers are helping feed this too (Looking at you Costco and Walmart). I feel like the whole toilet paper shortage has been beaten to death, and then beaten some more but lets address it here. We are low on toilet paper in town here too for some reason, however, the grocery store has set a strict 1 pack per person policy. Because apparently we, as people, can not be trusted to do it ourselves, every retail location should be enforcing this. They should also be enforcing this with disinfecting wipes and soap. We shouldn’t be allowing people like this to do what they are doing.
This panic buying is a pretty good indicator at just how comfortable we have become in our lives as well. This is not to say that you don’t need to be prepared to spend an extended period of time at home, but please, take some time to really think about and assess the situation. Before you run out to the store, go an take a look in your fridge, freezer, and cupboard. Odds are, most people will have a pretty decent amount of food already. Especially in the non-perishables section. The ONLY reason there is a shortage of food in grocery stores right now, is people we are buying enough food to feed an army. There is no national food supply shortage, at all. So can everyone just chill out and only buy what you need? Especially if you are a young, healthy individual, the odds are in your favour.
My advice? Grab some beer, find a good book, throw on your favourite album, and chill. We’ve survived worse as a species and as a country. Life is still going to continue and we are all pretty well equipped to weather this storm. Lets not make it harder for the people that are struggling and will struggle through this.