Hey Fam, as we take each day as it comes, I am reminded of C.S. Lewis’s words written 72 years ago, but still relevant to us today. As we watch the rapidly evolving situation in regards to the Coronavirus, I am reminded to check in with my mental state often and seek to see the big picture. As things become more and more uncertain, hold on to what is certain – the bonds you have with your family and your friends, the relationships we have with each other at the gym, the innate ability in each one of us to offer a helping hand, be there for each other, and stand strong as we get through this together. Doing the things we know how to do best – responding to intense situations (aka Fran, Bergeron Beep Test, those stinkin’ Air Bikes..) and coming out on top with those next to you. We train each day we come to the gym for the Unknown and the Unknowable – for situations like these. Don’t stop now.
Read the following quote replacing the words “atomic bomb” with “coronavirus”.
“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”
In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”
— “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948)