We wouldn’t venture on any premeditated adventure without preparation, checklists, and adequate resources – yet every time we turn around, the interconnectivity of our world demonstrates that when something changes, we all feel utterly unprepared for what comes next.
But we calm down.
We can do little to alter anything.
We watch with utmost care yet question reliability of every prediction or prophecy.
Political scares, economic uncertainty, virus variants floating everywhere – enough to make you want to take your last dollar to a deserted tropical island, where you can re-establish priorities (and those of our fearless leaders). Ours or others, whatever the situation or time-frame, are often widely off the mark.
When in doubt, buy a lottery ticket with that dollar …
Case in point; Omicron variant of COVID-19 virus is on the prowl …
Experts have, so far, not issued any opinions. Governments and airlines reacted – they’ve curtailed travel to and from Africa.
Do they know something we don’t?
And if they do, why aren’t they telling us?
Do their actions instill confidence or fear?
On the same news, stock markets genuflected – with significant declines in oil stocks and commodity prices last week, only to bounce back.
What do they (traders) know that we don’t know?
And if they do know something, why aren’t they telling us?
My point is that we have to live our lives and make our plans on our terms. We need to go, or not go, for our reasons. Sure, we need to be intelligent – dress for the likely weather, plan for the most likely things that could go wrong – that’s not new.
P.S.: Ten years from now, we’ll be reading about all these events – of the last two years, of the next two weeks – and historians will record every nuance of this pandemic and government reactions to it as either under-reaction or over-reaction … with little chance any of it will be labelled ‘the correct reaction.’ We lead with our hearts more than our heads. We are all soldiers in the same life-death battle humans waged for 200,000 years, and nobody’s found a way to escape death by not dying. I aim to be the first …