Welcome! Today is DAY 1 of “The Greatest Generation Challenge.” This challenge is based on the mindsets, behaviors and habits of the original Greatest Generation and what we can learn from their lifestyles to apply to ours today. They were born between 1901-1927 and came of age during the Great Depression and WWII. The original Greatest Generation really has a lot to teach us, if we are willing to pay attention.
Quote of the Day:
“Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” – Sonia Gandhi
I saw meme yesterday that was super fitting to the current situation it said “Coronavirus pandemic, daylight savings time, Friday the 13th, and a full moon all in the same week… who the hell is playing Jumanji?”
Now the most important thing to remember during all of this? Stay calm. Stressing out and acting irrationally isn’t going to help anyone, ever.
This is great advice for literally everyone in the world right now. Coronavirus is snowballing into a major avalanche on the world front. Toilet paper and cleaning supplies are being hoarded like it’s the cool thing to do. Irrational people are panicking and causing more problems because of their actions and craziness.
Case and point… I went to grab a few things at the grocery store this morning and was checking out at about 9 am. While paying for my non-hoarding groceries, the cashier behind me was in a conversation about the what happened earlier at the store. Apparently some guy tried to shoplift the grocery store and was chased down by an employee. The attempted shoplifter then ditched his cache of goodies in his cart and dropped or left his gun too.
I need like 27 shocked emojis right there. What the what?
We, as a society, need to #calmdown. This is not the end of the world as we know it.
Take a deep breath people, it will be ok. Retailers and the manufacturing companies are working their hardest at getting supplies restocked everywhere. It will take a minute for them to catch up as they did not anticipate the full extent of demand on their supply. I promise, toilet paper will not be sold out forever!
Switching gears a bit, everybody and their moms are turning into homebodies this week. The NBA is done, college sports are done, PGA is done, major league baseball is postponed. Concerts, sporting events, Disneyland, are all postponed or closed until further notice. The list goes on and on.
My kid’s attend school in the San Diego Unified School District. Their elementary school won’t be open until at least April 6, 2020, depending on the severity of what happens next with the and highly contagious Coronavirus. We are voluntarily hiding away for the next 3 weeks until school reopens.
In the coming days and weeks, I will be sharing tips and tricks to dealing with the social distancing effort and dealing with kids that are suddenly stuck at home and not in school. The ultimate goal and focus of this blog and challenge is to look at the “Original Greatest Generation” and learn from how they handled the hardships of the Great Depression and World War II. They overcame much more then we can fathom and they did it with out the internet, Netflix, Disney+, and iPads.
These next few weeks and months are going to cause a lot of personal sacrifices, added stresses, and scheduling problems for many families in the US. This will require flexibility, creativity, and knowing that social distancing is helpful to prevent further spread of the virus and that keeping kids out of school is the best thing for the population as a whole.
Social distancing is preventative measure we should all try to take as serious as possible to help limit the spread of our friend, the Coronavirus. Please take a minute to breath and calm down if the hype and media has you in a frenzy.
And as always, #washyourhands.