There have been a lot of changes in the world over the last decade, and this year has been no exception. Examining my own life, I have moved across the country, we have been hit (as a family) by a crazy amount of change. We all are often afraid of change, and I dare say that this pandemic has brought about a lot of change. How do you react to change?
As I think over all of the changes I have experienced over the past 20 years, I have realized that change is inevitable. Yet when we are at the brink of change what do we do? When people realized just how dangerous COVID-19 was, they started hoarding essentials such as toilet paper, canned goods, etc. There were so many items out-of-stock at the stores. I know there was a lot of fear involved. "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." But how can you truly be prepared for change of that nature?
I think back on the times I have been "on the brink of change." One example: when I was graduating from high school. I knew there was a huge change coming my way. And while I generally knew what I was planning on doing, there was a lot I didn't know. I was afraid, though not in the curl-up-in-the-fetus-position kind of afraid. I was nervous, but I was excited at the same time.
I know that I had years to prepare for my graduation. Comparatively speaking, there was no warning of this pandemic. However, I know some people who had already been stocking up long before the general public realized the danger. Our family has food storage, which has travelled with us in move after move and we have hardly touched it. However, we know that we could survive for a long time without access to the grocery store. And so we do not fear as much as we would otherwise.
I think there are many reactions to fear. Sometimes it makes you freeze up, or practice avoidance. Sometimes it makes you panic and make irrational decisions. You can also allow fear to motivate you. It seems to me that the most healthy reaction would be to embrace change, and allow the fear that accompanies it to motivate us to be better. Franklin D Roosevelt said, "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear."
So, if you are afraid, lift up your head. You are not alone in all this. Know that we are all in this together, social distancing style.
Hello World! My name is Adam Hinton. I am a father, a geek, a Computer Science teacher at a Charter School in Utah, and a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.