On Day 10 of 14 days isolation. For the sake of my sanity I’m trying to limit news and social media, particularly Twitter.
The only good news I can see over the last few days is that former First Minister Alex Salmond is not guilty of the charges brought against him. The flip-side to what actually had gone on in the period up to those charges being made will be played out once this current horrific nightmare we all face is over.
Yesterday, as I trawled through Netflix avoiding any but the most basic household tasks, I watched on the box the 1999 Oliver Stone directed sports movie epic starring Al Pacino, “Any Given Sunday”.
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen it? Pacino as a coach of a struggling NFL team makes a motivational speech to his team, who are under pressure and losing, which, it occurred to me, with some adaptions I’ve made, seems to fit, for me, about how I feel about the pandemic we all now face, and how we overcome it. I hope in some very small way that it helps.
Here’s my adapted version of that speech……
“I don’t know what to say, really. We are three minutes till the biggest battle of our lives. It all comes down to today, and the next few weeks. Now, either we heal, bond and fight back, as a team, a global family, or we’re gonna crumble, inch by inch, til we may be finished.
We’re in hell right now, ladies and gentlemen, believe me. And, we can stay here, get the shit kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. We can climb outta hell one inch at a time.
You know, when you start to get old in life things get taken from you. I mean that’s…part of life. But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff, in inches. You find out life is a game of inches.
So is this global pandemic, a game of inches. Because the margin for error is so small. I mean one social gathering together may be a step too far, one instance of disregarding keeping a social distance of 2metres from another human being may increase the spread, and you risk seriously compromising the health of a loved one, a friend or a complete stranger, or several of these.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.They’re in every break that goes our way in life, every minute, every second. Every decision we personally make.
On this team, in our global family, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear down and condemn every negative self serving scheme, like hoarding and disregarding the advice medical experts around us, we tear it to pieces for that inch. We claw with our fingernails for that inch, because we know when we add up all those inches that’s gonna make the fuckin’ difference between winning and losing! Between livin’ and dyin’!
Now nobody can make you do it. You got to look at the man or woman next to you. Look into their eyes! Now I think you’re gonna see another human being who will go that inch with you. You’re gonna see a person who will sacrifice himself for this team because he or she knows, when it comes down to it, you’re gonna do the same for them.
That’s a team, folks, humanity, our team. And, either we heal now, we use our brains and do all of the right things, take responsible actions as a team, or we will die as individuals.
That’s life at the moment guys.
That’s all it is. It’s that simple. Stay at home, wash your hands, look after yourself,your loved ones at home and those that are vulnerable. Otherwise keep away from others. Help our brave front-line and support health workers win this fight.
Now, what are YOU gonna do?”