If you’re like me, middle class and working, then you’re home or on the job.
The governments new stay at home ordinance forced discussion around essential and non essential workers. Alongside the employees there’s also been discussion on which companies have a right to continue operations. In the middle of the furor are the workers themselves. People forced to make tough decisions such as continuing to work despite new laws. Some scrambling to figure out how to continue their ways of living.
Companies that were nice enough to allow some of us to work from home are the real heroes. A few of us are now finding ways to deal with the new found free time. Dealing with kids, discovering new hobbies or taking to the internet we’re all coping with the reality that is COVID-19.
Myself with a few of my co-workers filed for unemployment due to the change in hours at work.
It’s awesome to create and discover other passions that wouldn’t have been given any time due to work. The death rate continues to climb and there are folks who are defying social distancing rules by meeting up. There’s plenty of small businesses struggling with operations it seems more than probable that we’ll be sitting still for longer than April 30th.
Doing this for the rest of the year will have its downsides and it’s needed. I welcome it with open arms.
A big issue is lack of protection for those homeowners and renters for bills due.
We’ve had success with student loans delaying payments but its limited to public loans and in my opinion is not enough. The same for mom and pop operations and small businesses that have zero protection against their own bills, deciding whether to pay property managers or landlords for retail space or effectively shutting down locations just to hold on.
None of these scenarios sound good but it is still real and while the pundits in Washington argue and bicker over who gets what for stimulus checks there is still a large of society thats in dire need of immediate aid and assistance. This brings us to the crucial question: can we really afford to stay at home and if so for how long? It’s obvious by now that those of greater wealth and status are able to move around and avoid the effects of the virus a lot better than those of us without access to vast sums of money or resources.
This is no longer a dig on the wealthy but merely a comparison to highlight the differences between who is more at risk.
A majority of the working simply cannot afford to stay at home much even with the ordinance.
It would be much more bearable if there was a pause on housing bills and utilities that could’ve went into effect alongside the stay at home order.This is something that could be as simple as allowing peoples light and water to continue to be on.
I would guarantee that we would not hear as much griping and complaining about covid-19 as we do now if some of these solutions were implemented. The majority of the stress nowadays comes from the “what-ifs” and “how-longs”: what if the current job you work at suddenly shuts its doors due to exhausted funds, how long can we honestly maintain a voluntary stay at home order until people start openly defying the rules en mass, what if the virus extends itself into 2021 and this goes well beyond april 30th.
The government and our president continue to downplay the severity of the virus. It’s already a major factor in all of our lives. How long can this go on for?
And finally how long can we all continue on in our new alternative roles for the better or worse. While these questions and concerns are somewhat hypothetical I will assume that some of you have already begun to ask and ponder the same things and this is not only frustrating but also scary.
The unknown can be a lot to deal with, i myself being a planner it pains me to wake up everyday not knowing if we’ll ever get grip on the virus and not having any timetable for when things will be able to get back to whatever “regular” is. Nevertheless, this is our new found reality and self along with the rest of the world simply has no other choice but to deal and move on with the notion that things will sort themselves out somehow. As someone who values control over their future this is simply maddening. To be in this situation where literally your whole existence has come down to a virus, who would have thought.
I respect all of the essential employees who are still on the clock and going into work. I respect all of the non essential employees as well as you have lost your way of living and every job is important.
During this increased downtime some of us have managed to get into new habits, started new business or have developed new ways to remain socially active with our friends and loved ones while being isolated indoors. Adapting and finding function has always been a key skill for humans to have and especially in times of duress and extreme change we are always fitted with new challenges and finding ways to continue on. For those of us who are at home and cannot truly afford to be at home for the long run: I say hold on and make the best out of your situation as you can.
If you haven’t already contacted your landlords, bill collectors or insurance companies please do so. There are numerous articles out that can help you to navigate these subjects and it is recommended that you research your situation. While we may not have total control over our situation we can definitely control how we feel and what our next moves can be when dealing with them. Thanks for reading this far and i appreciate you all. Browse around the site for more pieces and tips.