I’m in Botswana as coronavirus COVID-19 caused me to take a break from being a jet setter. As much as I love to travel and promote LUC8K leather bags and accessories, I’m going to take advantage of being home. I’ll spend time with my family, play with the meerkats, and visit areas of the bush and the desert where I have many fond memories growing up. But mostly, I’ll be content to relax and get back to a regular schedule.
The last few weeks in the air, I have to say, have been quite comfortable. Airports and planes have been half-full due to the coronavirus COVID-19. Airport staff and airline crews have been more accommodating. People have been friendly. Why does it always take a tragedy to bring people together?
Toilet paper bottleneck, schools are closed all due COVID-19.
Karen Olivo, the founder of LUC8K, just told me her two kids would be home from school for nearly a month as that coronavirus COVID-19 precaution, and her holiday is over. That made us both laugh. Talking to Anette Mossbacher, her co-founder, about values that will impact the day-to-day running of the business or her days designing and marketing LUC8K handmade leather bags and accessories will be limited while she tends to her offspring. I’m sure she’ll be fine with a little more wine.
Thankfully, I have no use for toilet paper because you humans, as always, spend too much time panicking and too little time enjoying the time you are alive. Life is a miracle and a gift as much as it is a struggle, and there’s always time to appreciate it. Now is not the time to panic. It’s time to slow down and enjoy the extra time you have. Spend time with the people you love. Fix that thing you haven’t had time to fix. Read that book you always wanted to read. Download more movies. Take care of your elderly family members and neighbors. Make love.
Toilet paper will not save your life; neither are two tons of groceries and gallons of hand sanitizer. Wash your hands and keep your hands away from your face. Limit direct contact with most people. Waves and elbow taps can replace cheek kisses, hugs, and handshakes. Live your life but at a slower pace. This pandemic is tragic, but it also provides the opportunity to enjoy life at a slower pace.
Why Sophie goes home
I’m not trying to downplay the dangers that coronavirus COVID-19 poses to the health of millions and the global economy. Still, many of the more fear-fuelled measures that people are taking are not helpful and maybe hurtful.
It used to be the United States that was available to provide leadership in times of global uncertainty. Still, now the U.S. is stuck with a president who is incapable of thinking beyond himself. The manchild appeared on national TV and announced a blanket ban on travel to and from Europe. As others noted, this is mostly irrelevant to the current situation in the U.S. The virus is already in the country. Seeded at multiple locations, it spreads on a growth curve that looks similar to those countries where the virus appeared earlier.
Reports just appeared on Friday, stating that the president will declare the Coronavirus a national emergency. That is important as it will free up federal money, expertise, and manpower to aid state and local government agencies to provide care for those who already contracted the virus and preventive measures for others. State governments in the U.S. and medical associations have been begging the president to do this for weeks, but he refused. Why? For the worst possible reason: Because it contradicts his original message that the Coronavirus is similar to the seasonal flu and could further agitate Wall Street. I don’t know how much further Wall Street could be agitated as it is in historic decline. I also don’t see how a total ban on air traffic to and from Europe will help the economy, but this is the leadership the U.S. is stuck with.
While the U.S. government is in disarray
because of inept leadership, we can trust organizations, namely The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both organizations have pages dedicated to education, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19. Here are links to those pages.
Follow the experts’ simple advice from WHO, love your family and friends, and work as a team to solve this problem. Time is one of the essential luxuries that money can’t buy. Use this time wisely.
Life is beautiful.