How I survived Y2K & the coronavirus & became a better human
Many of my readers aren’t old enough to remember the widespread panic caused in the late ’90s by the Y2K phenomenon. For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain.
In 1999 a large part of the population was convinced that the computer systems were not built to make the transition from the 1900s to the 2000’s. The media was warning everyone that all the computers in the world were going to crash and send the world into turmoil. The sky was going to fall at 12:01 AM on January 1st, 2000. But it didn’t…everything was fine. People laughed it off and went on about their business.
Westerners are easily shaken, especially when their comforts are threatened. That is why we see irrational runs on toilet paper during the coronavirus or milk and bread when there is a hurricane. They aren’t fearing for their lives, but they fear their lack of comfort.
Living overseas, you get used to not having certain comforts, and you see minor crises and disasters frequently. We may go a week without power, and then once the power turns on, the water switches off. It isn’t odd for the bank to be out of money or the gas station to run out of gas. Every day is an adventure.
Living without inoculates you from the panic of not having. Simplicity is the key. It helps you to see life as it really is. Nothing is owed to you. If you miss out on some of the comforts you are used to guess what, you survive, and life is okay.
Living in a developing country also gives you a different perspective on life and death. We see death more frequently. Life expectancy in developing countries is much lower than in western countries. If you get sick with cancer, you are going to die, there is no treatment. People die every day in the developing world from malnutrition and diarrhea, things that don’t often happen in the west. I have learned from my friends and neighbors here to embrace life and death. And to live every day to the fullest.
Corona Virus is not a hoax like Y2K was, it warrants some changed behavior and caution. But it doesn’t warrant panic. There is a lot that you can learn over the next 2-4 weeks. As the world tries to right itself, you should too.
Don’t Panic…Life will go on
People will die. That is a fact. It is a part of being human, and sometimes we need to be reminded of our mortality. But rest assured, in a few weeks’ things will be back to normal. In the same way that we must be reminded of our mortality, we also must celebrate life. With families home alone for 2+ weeks, I guarantee that in about 9 months, we will have a lot of new additions filling the maternity wards.
Change your habits
This is an excellent time to make some changes. First and foremost, let’s start washing our dadgum hands guys. In addition, If you can’t go to work & you can’t watch sports, don’t fill that time with other worthless things. Don’t veg out in front of Netflix.
Spend quality time with your family.
Cook together, play board games, watch old movies with a big bucket of popcorn.
Tell them stories about your childhood.
Improve yourself while you are at it. Spend some time reading your bible, develop new study habits.
Do some exercise, have an in-depth conversation with your wife.
Use this time to become a better human.
A better parent.
A better Christian.
So enjoy the quarantine. While you are social distancing, make sure to draw near to God and spend quality time with your family.