One of my top 3 heroes for inspiration is Jon Ronson. He’s a journalist that reports only the interesting truths that many seemed to avoid. Yet, he never slacks off in his description with his colourful and powerful words. Recently, I came across one his video describing how people suffering from chronic anxiety handles this isolation period in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
I wonder if some other long-term (anxiety) sufferers also feel weirdly calm. My theory is that we rehearsed catastrophic what-if situations in our heads so often, when a real crisis happens, we’re quite good at it.Jon Ronson
That is something that rings so true to me. The real reason I don’t meet friends as often is because of the anxiety I feel that can occur 2-3 days before the actual meet-up. Suddenly, not shaking hands or meeting up are praised as heroic sacrifices.
For those of my friends and colleagues (who still has a job), have also complained about how it’s less productive and bored-to-death working from home. For the minority of us who are so used to living alone and closed off in our own world, this is such a bonus in a tough time!
I think it’s a good opportunity to point out that there is a group of us who are living with a mental handicap of stress, worrying, anxiety, and panic attacks on a daily basis, and yet we are trying our very best to perform on par with others.
However, it seems like the society does not have the empathy yet to show understanding for the sufferers. Sometimes, all we need is some comforting and certainty.
With this isolation period, for those of you who felt this uncertainty and do not know what to do about it – Welcome to our world! I hope one of the silver lining in this pandemic is that we can hit a reset button for society and humankind as a whole to show more concern for each other. There are people who are worried for rational reasons and there are people who are worried by default. And now that the prerequisite to taste the other person’s pain is met, I wish that we can have more empathy for each other.