I heard someone say that we are all in the same boat, but I don’t think that’s true.
We are all facing the same storm, but we’re not in the same boat.
Your boat might be shipwrecked and mine might not. Or vice versa.
For some quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of reconnecting,
Enjoying the sun in your backyard, with a cocktail or coffee,
Cleaning out your cupboards or painting that wall that you didn’t find the time for.
For others it’s a desperate financial and family crisis.
For some, who live alone, it’s a confrontation with endless loneliness,
Not being able to visit loved ones and friends.
For others it’s a time spent with their family, playing games,
And finally having time for a good conversation.
Some receive support to survive while others see their income reduced to nothing.
Some companies have more customers then ever before,
While other companies have almost no more customers.
Some can continue to work from home.
Others have to work more hours because temporary workers are laid off.
Some were concerned about the shortage of toilet paper or the asparagus for Easter.
Others worried about whether there would still be enough food in stores
After their long, emotional and heavy shifts at the hospital.
Some want to go back to work because they’re not eligible for unemployment benefits
And have to watch their savings being reduced to almost nothing.
Others are angry at people who don’t respect the enforced rules of quarantine.
Some spend 2 to 3 hours at home helping their children with online education,
While others spend 2 to 3 hours teaching their children on top of a 10 to 12 hour workday.
Some have watched the death of the virus from close by, others have lost someone to the virus,
And again others don’t know whether their loved one(s) will survive.
Some have had to say goodbye in a hard way to a parent or parents.
Some have lost their parents some time ago and are glad that they don’t have to live
Through this strange and scary time.
There are people who don’t believe this to be a big problem and are even saying
That it’s a conspiracy to cover other problems.
And some stay inside and others wear masks when they go outside.
Some people have faith in God and expect miracles in 2020.
Others say the worst is yet to come.
So friends, we are not all in the same boat.
We are going through a time in which our perceptions and needs are completely different.
Each one of us has a different way of weathering this storm.
It’s very important to look beyond what you see at first glance.
Not superficial, but really see the other person and what he’s going through.
That is the only way we can understand each other and face this storm together.
We are all on different ships during this storm,
And are all experiencing a different journey.
Stay safe! Take care of yourself! And take care of each other!