Living a Virtual Life

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.

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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3 Responses to Living a Virtual Life

  1. We hosted a dinner party last Wednesday night – an actual one. We decided we’d had enough, and, besides, the folks we invited have been, like us, practicing social distancing, so we felt safe with them. We still wear masks when venturing into stores, but we will no longer be held captive by Covid-19. There are many hikes to be taken, and more dinner parties ahead. Go for it! 🙂

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  2. Bill Ramsey says:

    We still favor fresh air shopping at nurseries and outdoor dining. We are not wearing masks and are aware of the distrusting looks we get from some of those around us who are wearing them. Virtue signaling is rampant.


  3. Edward Tolkach says:

    In a word – “POLITICS”.
    In more words – The Left and the Deep State Elitists (Funded by George Soros and his ilk) are doing everything they can to oust our duly elected president and to transform our Republic into a socialist state.


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