One of the scariest and hopeful days in recent history was July 4th, 2020. This has been a unique year (and we are only half way through). Killer virus, riots, hate, love, masks, life, death, Murder Hornets and the plague.
Welcome to the year 2020. Happy Birthday America!
A website called military.com describes America’s history of Independence day:
On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on the fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.
In the year 2020 who would have thought that donning our courage in any town USA would be essential for survival. To survive today you have to be brave. You have to be fearless. You have to strut (however that looks to you).
Have you not noticed that in a short amount of time things have changed exponentially? These changes came barreling through like a freight train… and they continue! What was once a norm has become a dance floor! Bop and duck, move side to side. Keep on moving to survive.
Unfortunately, there are people who can’t move, they can’t duck and bob and they are paying the consequences.
If you have a family member in the hospital or in a nursing home you probably haven’t been able to visit. Perhaps the establishment allowed a visit through a glass window, donning masks. People are hugging their elderly loved ones through a plastic barrier put up in the doorway of their suite. Plastic. No human touch. Plastic.
Social distancing has everyone skittish and quiet. No longer heard are pleasantries when passing by people. Masked and often gloved, people are no longer talking because it is hard to hear someone under a mask and equally challenging to keep a cloth mask up while talking. They naturally slip down.
I personally do not like to engage in conversation while wearing a mask in public because I don’t want to create spittle in my mask. Best to not say anything and just quickly go about my business, being mindful not to get near anyone.
People are walking around looking like mummies, all wrapped up. Where is this going? I don’t mind saying, that I’m a little scared of all the uncertainty.
I get it. We are in a pandemic. However, the things that are happening are slowly moving into a Twilight Zone episode…and it’s progressively getting more bizarre. Murder Hornets, anyone?
Out of curiosity I looked back into our history. I randomly Googled the years 1963 and 1958.
Taken from the website, The People History, this is a brief description of what was going on in 1963:
“What happened in 1963 Major News Stories include Start of Beatlemania, Zip codes implemented, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I have a dream” speech, Members of Ku Klux Klan dynamite Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, Sabin oral Polio Vaccine which is taken with a lump of sugar is given nationwide in US and UK, The Profumo Crisis in the UK, President John F Kennedy assassinated.”
I continued to Google another date and came up with this result from the year 1958:
This from Baby Boomers.com:
- Efforts at school desegregation in the southern U.S. are met with impassioned resistance
- U.S. launches its first satellite, Explorer I; NASA established
- Vice President Richard Nixon’s goodwill tour of South America sparks open protests and rioting
- Egypt and Sudan form the United Arab Republic
- U.S. Marines intervene in Lebanon to bolster government
This got me thinking, if I were to extrapolate all of history’s data and events, the consensus would show that the world is never in a state of calm. The world is and will always be bonkers!
I looked at 2020 to compare. From CNN In Review:
We regret to inform you that 2020 is only halfway over, even though it feels like it’s been going on for half a century.
Every year typically has a few defining moments, but the past six months have contained so many world-changing, paradigm-shifting developments that it’s getting hard to believe we’re not in a simulation that’s running every possible scenario at once.
But there’s no time to be exhausted: With a pandemic still raging, waves of social change swelling around the globe, and a whole presidential campaign going on, there’s still a lot of history left to be made in 2020.
How will this year end up being written into our history? If we are still allowed to record our history. Interesting times calls for strength and tenacity. We have been through dark times before, we can get through them again.
We have endured the past, we can (cautiously) embrace the future.
So, we celebrated America’s birthday. Happy Birthday America!
Hopefully we can tiptoe through the rest of 2020 without disturbing this beast any more. But make sure you wear a mask…
Everybody is doing it and it is the responsible thing to do. The benefits are plenty: No makeup? No problem. Forgot to brush? No problem. Don a mask and go. The mask is like jammies for the face. Face Jammies. Wear your Face Jammies for that comfortable look and feel wherever you go. Best part is, wearing a mask shows the world you care:)
I suspect toothbrushes and whitening will spike in a couple of years as people begin to remove the mask and smile again. Dentistry will be big business. Better days are ahead.
For today, I will try not to worry about things I cannot control. Today, I will enjoy the (limited) freedom I have with family and friends. Just for today, I will be grateful and thankful.
Today, I will not be afraid, I will remain fearless.