Well 2020 has been a one of a kind year for most of us with the COVID. I have managed pretty well as I am a creature of what I often refer to as Social Isolation. Not that I am a hermit, I do like people, I just don’t need to be out and about or around a lot of people. I know a lot of people that do need contact and social interaction and that is ok. I know this year has been very difficult for many of them. Especially seniors and those that depend on our area Senior Centers for social activity and fresh hot meals.
I can’t help but think of many of our clients that have been through so much in their lifetimes. We have clients that lived through the Great Depression, were born in the aftermath of WW1, served and lived through WW2 and several Pandemics in their lifetime. This generation knows how to manage crisis and making the best of situations. I think we could all learn a lot from our seniors about managing life. I know from news reports and talking to people that many in our younger generations are having trouble coping with the isolation. I don’t think this reflects poorly on this generation but it does show how we have changed. We go from a generation that has been through so much in their lifetime to a generation that has not never experienced real hardship. Now, I do know there are young poeple that have had dificult times and struggled. But mostly the youngest generation has not had to deal with significant issues. I feel like there is so much that could be shared between the oldest and youngest generation. Both could learn so much from each other.
So what I want to leave you with is this. Remember what it was like for you in your most difficult time in life. Know that many people don’t have this experience or ability to cope. Instead of criticizing or laughing at those, think about talking to them. I absolutely hate where social media has taken us with the ability to spew venom and hate so easily. Let’s all try to be compassionate and helpful. And if you need help, reach out and ask somebody. Or if you see somebody that might be struggling or having difficulty. Even just to have somebody to talk to can make a huge impact. You don’t know what the other person is going through and a few kind words could make all the difference.