The spread of the coronavirus seems to be getting closer to us.
It seems like Lithgow is just waiting for its turn. It happened with the fires, every day it got closer and eventually we had flames coming at us in all directions. We were kind of stuck.
How long is it before a friend, a family member or a colleague comes down with the what seems to be the inevitable?
Sure, we are all practicing social distancing and with the Federal Government's recent announcement we've got no restaurants, pubs or clubs to dine in, no gyms or sport for our exercise and no more movie dates or pampering services until further notice. It might suck but we are looking out for each other and not putting each other at risk.
The downfall of that, is we've got people suffering with job losses and we are still panic buying. It seems we are scared because we don't know when this madness will end.
But in all honesty, we should take a step back and remind ourselves to be grateful.
Now that might seem like an odd thing to say in this situation but if you take a minute to think about what we are being asked to do you might realise we are the lucky ones.
Some of us are lucky enough to have jobs where we can work from home. I fall under that category so I won't be taking that for granted, but the reason I am able to work from home is because of how far we have come with technology.
Without my laptop, phone and internet I wouldn't be able to carry on with my work.
Really, the internet is our best friend in this pandemic, we can shop online, talk to our loved ones, stay up to date with the world, the list goes on - the internet plays a very big role in all of this.
It proves we can somewhat live online.
We are privileged to have such a tool which allows us to stay at home and stream movies and TV shows when we want them, work online for some of us and keep us educated.
In 1918 it was the time of the Spanish flu and World War I - think about what those people went through. They did not have the luxuries we have today.
Our young men were sent into trenches and battlefields - just think for a second that all we are asked to do is stay in the comfort of our own homes.
We are the lucky ones. We have access to food, water, a shower and a toilet. It's not the worst thing in the world if you compare it to how people suffered.
My message to you is don't think about what you don't have but instead, think about what you do have.
Remind yourself to be grateful for something every day and don't forget you're still allowed to go outside and get a breath of fresh air.
I know there are restrictions but they are still livable and manageable.
If we want things to return to normal we will have to work together and make sacrifices to ensure we create a positive future for not only ourselves, but for generations to come.
- Alanna Tomazin
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