Live for the moment

August 22, 2020

What if the entire world’s population acknowledged that a Covid vaccine won't save us from misery until 2021? How many of us can actually cope with the naked truth? The waves of optimism will abruptly perish and we’ll have no choice but surrender to the unescapable.

Naturally there won’t be any breaking news to confirm that. At least in my opinion. I don't think that any of the world’s authorities would dare to put a mirror in front of our faces. The ones that are pulling up the world’s rear cannot afford to discourage billions of human beings and jeopardize the ray of hope that still pushes humanity forward.

I am, on the other hand, of the opinion that I would rather deal with very painful but true facts than being cooked like a chicken stew. This gave me courage to coax a friend’s boyfriend to tell me what he is able to recognise about our sanitary future. He works in a pharmaceutical company by the way.

One bottle of wine later and feeling easy-peasy at my favorite Italian restaurant in Amsterdam, it was time to dig in a little bit. I wouldn’t normally ask him confidential information: despite my dirty nosy intentions wanting to, I behaved politely. I chose instead a softer approach as though we were simulating scenarios for the upcoming New Year’s Eve.

I heard what I expected but after a while I came to the conclusion that I don’t need anyone telling me what will or could happen. Even though my everlasting curious nature makes me desire the unknown, tomorrow will always be out of our hands.

If there’s one good lesson to retain from this challenging year it is to live in the very present. Just like we are supposed to regardless of any pandemic.


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