We’re tired and stressed – but also blessed


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This article was published 15/10/2021 (352 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

I am tired of all of the angry people. I am tired of lining up. I am tired of having to adjust my expectations of what I can find when shopping. I am tired of having to think twice before gathering with others and yes, I am tired of having to wear a mask. And did I mention that I am tired of hearing the word ‘COVID’?

That said, I also fear that this is becoming our new normal. We are entering the post -pocalyptic world where masks are de rigueur and are considered a form of self expression and having a swab shoved up your nose is no different to brushing your teeth everyday. OK, I admit that I may be exaggerating, but you have to admit that there are times when it feels like we are playing out a movie scene.

But, is there a silver lining in all of this?

Of course, there is.

Thanksgiving may have come and gone but being thankful is not about one day a year.  What my experience over the last 18 months has reminded me of is that you don’t know what you have and how lucky you are until you lose it. 

There has been loss over the last couple of years. Granted, it could be said that a lot of it is related to ‘first world’ issues such as convenience, ability to spend money or dine how, when and where you want.

The true loss and suffering has been the human toll. 

Early on, we could blame it on not knowing how to deal with and treat COVID-19. It took my brother in-law’s son in the spring of 2020 and it was only recently that his family and friends could gather to celebrate his life. It took many before Jason and has taken many since.

That said, there is no excuse today for the suffering and continued loss of life. After all, we now know what we need to do and that is thanks to the scientists in the background and health care workers out front.

I am blessed to have family, friends, and neighbours who are there when you need them and a life ‘partner in crime’. We live in a beautiful area surrounded by nature. And, we really want for nothing.

And I may be tired of them but I am actually thankful for masks.

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki
Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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