Friday, September 24, 2021

Estremera: Let things fall where they may

Stella A. Estremera

Spiders Web

AS A mountaineer in my college years, we were taught one way to share human heat in not-so-pleasant weather conditions.

We all gather in a tent, sit down with our backs to each other in a circle, and then let nature take its course as one by one, we fall asleep. The theory is that the body will fall toward where it will fit best. So we end up in a comfortable heap. Needless to say, this is done without malice and with no intent to molest. It's all done in the spirit of camaraderie where each one is concerned about each one surviving the cold night.

If we extrapolate that further, sitting back to back sends the message that each has each other's back. It's camaraderie at the highest level during difficult situations.

Now on to the present times.

Having to say "condolence" to a different person every single day can be depressing. Sooner than not, someone will snap and fall into a deep depression. There's just so much joy we can hang on to for our sanity, soon, the condolences will hit us as the infection rate surges on. How much longer can the majority hang on?

But we've often been told, trying times bring lessons that need to be learned. Once the lessons are learned, the bad times will end. (Obviously, we're not learning the lessons yet.)

We have to understand where this gem of thought is anchored on. It's anchored on the intensity of our hope and faith in what the future brings. Carrying on depressed will not do any of us good, it will just extend the suffering or end a life.

Know that taking care of ourselves and our families must remain on top of our priorities. The wearing of masks and keeping a safe social distance, taking a bath as soon as you arrive home, and putting your outside clothes in their proper place before even going near your parents or children remain to be the best practice.

Be paranoid-level but only in following the protocols, not the emotions. Make the protocols mechanical, just as part of the daily routine, and leave fear and paranoia out of what needs to be done. Then, learn the lessons: 1. What is really most important in life -- health, family, and prayers? 2. What can we do without? 3. How nature is still the best getaway and companion. 4. How beautiful our city really is if we only slow down and ride the bike.

You can opt to disagree with health authorities and declare our unfounded beliefs for every gullible person who will listen and believe you, you can choose to be defiant and dare to be arrested for refusing to wear a mask, but that will not serve you any good. It would serve us good, though, if you do land in jail as we let things fall where they may -- the lawbreaker behind bars.

Still, this is not the time to be daring, this is the time to take extra precautions. So, gather the family, watch each other's back, tighten what needs to be tightened, live simply, enjoy the open air, and then let this period pass as it will.


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