we're not living through an unprecedented epidemic. there have been plagues and epidemics ever since life has roamed the earth.
we're not living through an unexpected epidemic. with highly urbanised populations travelling around the globe, it's inevitable that world-wide pandemics will hit us. if anything, it's strange we haven't been hit by epidemics like this more often.
to continue with the doomposting a bit, it's obvious to me that the governments we live under (at least the government i live under) is either unwilling or unable to properly deal with this kind of situation.
as i approach the one year anniversary of lockdown one, and have been living in the almost exclusive company of my boyfriend and two cats, my brain is putting things together.
my mental health is taking a toll, i almost cried this morning looking at a stock photo of some beers and a plate of fries, thinking about how much i want to be able to just hang out with a bunch of friends, shoot the shit and enjoy the company of human beings.
and as per the opening statements in this post: this situation is neither unprecedented nor unexpected, nor do i have any reason to believe that future pandemics will be dealt with properly
i want to start preparing for reasonable worst case scenarios. the mind can easily drift to horrible apocalyptical scenarios, but i don't think that's reasonable not useful to think about. however, i don't think it's unreasonable to expect that a significant proportion of my future will be spent in pandemic lockdowns, in a bubble of whoever i happen to live with
my boyfriend and i are considering trying to get a bigger place to move in with some other friends, to at least have a face to face social circle bigger than our couple and some furry friends, and even if this is the only pandemic we have to live through, i don't think it'd be too bad to live in a home with some close friends, right?
is this something you're also thinking about? are you also considering changes to make future pandemics more livable? have you already made changes that made your lockdowns more bearable, or even enjoyable?