Alex Danco totally nailed it in the latest issue of his newsletter. I was feeling like garbage for most of yesterday and struggled to put my finger on exactly why. I think this is why:
I have it as good as it gets right now. And yet despite that good fortune – or maybe because of it – for that brief minute in the car, I was so angry and resentful and jealous of everybody in that line and their purposeful struggle against the drive thru.
Tiny little inconveniences and provocations are going to drive us crazy. Kierkegaard put in his diary once: “I can cheerfully struggle against a storm… , but the wind blowing a speck of dust into my eye can irritate me so much that I stamp my foot.” The smaller the affront, the more upset we get – because what we’re actually upset about is our inability to cope.
These are tough times to live through, even if you’ve got it relatively good. I think the psychological and emotional ramifications of COVID will be deep, dark, and long-lasting. But there is hope.