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If I were to leave this life...

by Dennis M. Myers, 03/25/2020

If I were to leave this life right now, I know I would leave so many things undone. I have so many ideas I want to put into words. I have people I want to help, family I want to give my love to, and strangers who are friends I have yet to meet.

This current pandemic has made me take stock of my own life. Where I am, what I am doing. I've spent so much of my life lashed to the will of others simply to be given a wage they deem appropriate in order to sustain a household I may never live to see paid for.

I've spent so much of my life working to obtain that self-funding proposition. That side business that made enough money I could spend my newfound spare time writing. It never happened. Instead, a new manager decided my position didn't fit into his plans. It was eliminated, and I was handed money. While I am grateful for the cash, it's still jarring to have to rethink your retirement plans on the fly.

This is such a huge part of life, and yet now it's not what I wanted to talk about at all.

I want to talk about the good in the world. The quiet, peaceful people who live their lives, give to their friends, family, neighbors, and strangers, without expecting, demanding, or even requesting anything in return. A priest whose parishioners gathered money to buy a ventilator, giving that gift to someone else at the cost of his own life. A nurse who lives in isolation from her family so she can continue to work with those infected with the disease and not infect her children. Knowing that she is risking her own life in the process. Ordinary on the outside, extraordinary on the inside. This is the humanity I love. These are the people we should all strive to be.

In time, this pandemic will pass. People will go back to a new normal life. Perhaps a bit more cautious. Perhaps even governments will work to become better prepared. We will mourn our losses, and begin again to celebrate life.

Perhaps we should consider this a reset. A time when we come together to realize that making money is less important than saving lives. That the benefit of society is in the help we give to one another in times of crisis. Maybe.

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