It’s an understatement to say things are uncertain these days. No matter what we think or believe about what’s happening in the world, it’s certainly affecting us. If only because some of you have resorted to using blue shop towels to wipe because toilet paper is now a rare commodity. We’ve never lived through anything like this in our lifetimes.
The Green Day song “Wake Me Up When September Ends” was stuck in my head this morning when I woke up. It made me chuckle because there probably isn’t a better theme for my life right now. But I don’t have the time to sleep until next week. I’ve learned that I need to grind more than I ever have before just to keep the means I need to support my tiny humans and keep my wife from suffocating me in my sleep.
I’ve learned over this year that there are a WHOLE bunch of extremes in this world. There is bright, caring, compassionate, good in the world. But there are is also evil, violence, sabotage, and hate. You don’t have to deny that fact in order to push forward. For me that means figuring out my true place in a crazy industry that often drives a bus over those (safety professionals) who are trying to do the right things to make work better… more on that in the weeks to come.
Some of you may have read my anti-positivity post from earlier this week. I stand by that one. At the same time, however, it’s important not to lose sight of life. So even though I won’t be telling anyone (myself included) how “special” or “powerful” they are, I can offer hope. It would be easy to get discouraged, depressed, angry, or scared right now. But my hope for you is that you KEEP. MOVING. FORWARD.
As I type those words, they echo in my mind and remind me of the time my Mom and I went to the top of the Statue of Liberty. We spent nearly three hours trapped in a winding staircase just so we could get a glimpse of the world through the windows in the crown. We didn’t have any idea what it would be like at the top but there was nowhere to go except forward. A guard stood at the platform level and bellowed that message every few seconds just in case we forgot.
“Please keep the line moving FORRRRR-WAAARRD!” her voice echoed. It didn’t occur to me at the time but “upward” would probably have been a more appropriate direction. When in Rome, I suppose.
The view from the top was one we had never experienced before and will likely never again. That visit occurred just months before 9-11-2001. For years after that event no one even saw the inside of the crown. Now you have to pay.
My point is that none of us know what is going to happen. We don’t now and we never have before. Do your best. Keep yourself as active as you can and keep enjoying life. You only get one… even if I’m wrong about that, you’ll probably come back as a toad, so enjoy this one.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wash your hands.