I was all set to sunset Pandemic Ponderings this month with the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps the pontification and consternation about this once in a century event would now be in the rearview mirror, I thought to myself while brainstorming new topics to write about.
Alas, then the universe said, look again, and don’t take your foot off the gas.
The world has sobered up in the last few weeks given the heartbreaking and gut wrenching situation in India. As someone who has family there I can share with you that yes, it is as bad as it looks, in fact, it may be worse. Practically every Indian abroad has family members of friends who have had COVID and in far too many cases, suffered the greatest consequence. Along with being a horrifying tragedy of unparalleled proportions, the situation is an icy blast of a reminder that it is too soon for a person nor a nation to claim victory over this global pandemic.
Along with some rising rates in certain states in the U.S., rampant vaccine hesitancy and an impatient public that can’t wait to get back to what they can’t even properly articulate, this is still ours to mess up.
And that’s what keeps me up at night.
But before I crown myself Doomsday Queen, let me clarify that I am totally ready to be delighted and elated in the months to come, with every movement toward normalcy. When I look in the rearview mirror, I see that we’ve come so far. And I’m focused on the glorious horizon ahead.
But if there are twists and turns to get there, I’m ready to keep shifting gears and moving ahead. So who’s with me? Fasten your seat belt, adjust your mirror and let’s get ready for where the road takes us.