Day 34

by | Apr 24, 2020 | Comic, COVID-19, Uncategorized

The Story:

It’s officially day 34 of the quarantine here in Ohio. I won’t lie to you. I’m struggling with quarantine. The lack of social interaction, lack of exercise, money stress, news stress (what did Trump just say????) and let’s not forget about stress caused by this invisible virus that’s spreading through our communities are taking its toll. The beginning was all about optimism. There were challenges, online workouts and community outreach. For a moment, it felt like this quarantine wasn’t going to be so bad. Now is when it starts to get real. The challenges and distractions are becoming stale and the weight of our current situation is becoming apparent. We are all trying to stay strong but staying strong isn’t going to pay the rent or mortgage and our landlords/banks weren’t on the news saying they were forgiving non-payments. This is the moment of truth for us. The true challenge is just beginning. We must carry on in the face of uncertainty and travel through a situation that challenges everything we have ever known to be true.
Shout out to KC Green and his Webcomic “On Fire” for producing one of the single greatest panels in webcomic history and giving me the inspiration for this comic and a mantra to make myself laugh in hard times.

My Two Cents:

Alright that is enough doom and gloom and I’ll admit that I’m writing this at a time where my own journey with uncertainty has taken me through a roller coaster of emotions. This pandemic has challenged everything we have every known to be safe, correct, solid, impenetrable and invincible. It has blown apart everything that we’ve taken for granted. There is a silver lining to this though or at least something I tell myself when the weight of the world gets too heavy. This moment in history, this great pause, is the greatest time for self-reinvention in modern history. Everything has been challenged so why can’t you also challenge everything in your life. Is this where you want to be? Are you doing what you want to do? Are you seeing the people that you want to see (not now, but, you know, in normal life)? It’s impossible to ignore these questions in a time of crisis and you shouldn’t. Use this exposure of the weaknesses in our infrastructure to also expose your ineffective uses of that same infrastructure. Let’s call it; quarantine self cleaning.
This sucks. It really sucks. And it’s a scary. This pandemic will have world wide consequences for a long time and the old normal may never return, BUT we are in control of the new normal. Have you ever thought of that? What if the new normal was better than the old normal? No one said it couldn’t be. Now THAT is some optimism that is worth holding on to. Let’s make sure our new normal is the version we want it to be.
Nathan Lieberman

Nathan Lieberman

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After two years of continuous travel through forty-four countries over five continents, Nate now returns to the US ready to pass on what he’s learned throughout his journey through the Millennial Moose™ blueprints.

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