Putting Things in Perspective

Feeling sorry for yourself?  

We know that it's a mess out there right now.   Sometimes it's hard to tell what's a real threat and what is just simple panic and hysteria.

For a small amount of perspective at this moment, imagine you were born in 1900.  Many would think that that was a pretty simple time of life.  Then on your 14th birthday, World War I starts, and ends on your 18th birthday. 22 million people perish in that war, including many of your friends who volunteered to defend freedom in Europe.

Later in the year, a Spanish Flu epidemic hits the planet and runs until your 20th birthday.  50 million people die from it in those two years.  Yes, 50 million.

On your 29th birthday, the Great Depression begins.  Unemployment hits 25%, the World GDP drops 27%.  That runs until you are 33.  The country nearly collapses along with the world economy.   If you were lucky, you had a job that paid $300 a year, a dollar a day.

When you turn 39, World War II starts.  You aren't even over the hill yet.  And don't try to catch your breath.   If you lived in London, or most of continental Europe, bombing of your neighborhood, or invasion of your country by foreign soldiers along with their tank and artillery was a daily event.  Thousands of young men joined the army to defend liberty with their lives.   Between your 39th and 45th birthday, 75 million people perish in the war.

At 50, the Korean War starts.  5 million perish.

At 55, the Vietnam War begins and doesn't end for 20 years.  4 million people perish in that conflict.

On your 62nd birthday there is the Cuban Missile Crisis, a tipping point in the Cold War.  Life on our planet, as we know it, could have ended.  Sensible leaders prevented that from happening.

Now, in 2020, we have the COVID-19 pandemic.  Thousands have died;  it feels pretty scary, and it is!  Food and product shortages; businesses, schools, churches, beaches, theaters, playgrounds and parks are closed; and the unemployment rate is soaring.  No sports!  Thousands of passenger planes worldwide are grounded.  Social distancing and wearing face masks has become the new normal.  And you're  asked to self-quarrantine when going from state to state.

Now think of everyone on the planet born in 1900.  They survived through everything listed above.  And we can, too.

So let's try and keep things in perspective.  Let's be smart, we're all in this together.   Keep in touch with family and friends.  Keep busy.  Let's help each other out, and we will get through all of this.