The COVID pandemic has required all of us to live a virtual life. Why has living a virtual life been so challenging?
We should start by understanding that the antonym (a word that means the opposite of another word) for virtual is actual. We have been asked to be satisfied living a virtual life instead of an actual life.
In this virtual life, one size fits all. We are expected to stay indoors at home. Fill the time by tracking the latest case and death counts. Our entertainment consists of watching televised events from the distant past. We use our cell phones for virtual visits with our loved ones. Watch news panels of so-called experts participate from the basements of their homes on laptop cameras. We watch our retirement savings vaporize as the economy of the entire world collapses. It is a surreal panic-demic.
I have never been a rebellious person or one to take unnecessary risks. Neither have I been a person who has responded well to directives that contradict previous directives sent earlier from the same source. And why do so many governors live do as I say but not as I do personal lives?
I have always cut my own trail in the hike through life. Now, at age 78, I am expected to forego living my actual life “until a vaccine is available.” That could take years and may never happen. I don’t have many years left and don’t look forward to finishing it by living a virtual life.