Things are rough out there, it’s hard to argue with that. The stock market. Quarantines. Hospitals filled to capacity, and beyond. Travel plans cut short. Families cut off from loved ones.
What is happening?! you might find yourself asking. This is terrifying, are things breaking down? Maybe. But it’s helpful to recall in times like these that there have always been times like these.
It’s highly likely that you have already experienced at least one financial crisis. You are the last link in an unbroken chain of ancestors who managed to make it to child bearing age.
You are the latest in a long line of survivors
You are the ancestor of people who lived through world wars as well as the cold war and terrorism. People who survived man-made cataclysms and natural disasters. People who outlasted quarantines and long separations. People who had their plans disrupted. People who woke up for days and days in a row not knowing what the morning would bring, or the kind of future that lay ahead.
My ancestors survived the Blitz. A direct hit on the street that my grandparents lived on. My ancestors survived the Black Plague. They survived the Mongols and invasion by so many European nations. They survived without governments. They survived without electricity. They endured grief and fear and pain and change. They kept calm, they carried on.
They learned, as we are learning whilst in lockdown, that things can only ruin your life if they ruin your character. That we might not control world events, but we control how we respond.
We control whether we hold our heads high. We control whether we help our neighbours.
We control whether we contribute to the panic or not.
We control whether we take care of ourselves and take precautions.
We control whether we live up to that eternal standard of Keeping Calm and Carrying On.
Yes, it’s tough out there. It’s scary. But we’re going to be okay. We’re going to keep going. We’re going to get through this.