The Pandemic Experience

Title

The Pandemic Experience

Creator

Stephen P., of Libbytown, Portland, Maine

Date

30 January 2021
2021-01-30

Description

What the pandemic experience has been teaching me.
This essay is more of an observation and less of a complaint about the human condition and how fragile and interdependent we humans ultimately are.

Subject

Isolation (Philosophy)
COVID-19 (Disease) -- Psychological aspects

Rights

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Language

English

Text

I am amazed at how much I took for granted pre-pandemic; occasionally going out to restaurants, cafes, museums, libraries and other socializing events and places. I now realize I was treating these special occasions with a blasé attitude, never realizing their value in keeping me on an even psychological keel. While I have always understood how fragile my psyche can be, this semi-isolation that most of us have been enduring for the better part of a year has really taken its toll and I’m better off than most. I’m able to go to work each day thereby supplying me human interaction with someone other than my spouse who spends most of her days at home. I accept that my pandemic existence is better than many of my fellow human beings which only makes me wonder how people who are really struggling financially as well as socially are able to cope.

I hope this pandemic finally puts to rest the hoary cliché and misguided notion that has infected the American psyche since before the American Revolution; that we are a nation of “rugged individuals”. Americans desperately cling to this notion that we can “pull ourselves up by our boot-straps” without help from others. This pandemic has demonstrated the utter falsity of that notion. Whether or not we want to believe it we are all interdependent. There has been no greater illustrator of that than the pandemic.

Original Format

Essays
Personal narratives

Collection

Citation

Stephen P., of Libbytown, Portland, Maine, “The Pandemic Experience,” Isolating Together : Portland Public Library, accessed August 1, 2021, https://portlandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/94.