The TBC Tracker is on hold. That's it. I won't tell you to wash your hands or self-isolate. If you're like me, you get an email or Facebook post every 22 minutes on the subject. Your world is probably imploding 1 email at a time like me. Everything you love is being taken away from you. College baseball. Pro baseball. Kids Activities. School. And now work has asked you to stay home because you had the nerve to go to a neighbouring country at a time when nobody was concerned about the beer virus.
So life is giving you a giant wheelbarrow full of lemons and you have no choice but to make a barrell-sized pitcher of lemonade. What do you do? I was waiting to watch Justin Trudeau speak (i never actually made it that far) but before he spoke, there was an infectious disease specialist talking about the virus and what we can do during this extended country-wide (continent-wide?) shutdown. And though he talked a little bit about the virus itself and washing hands and being a good citizen, he also talked about taking the time to slow down and to appreciate life and to spend time with family and to enjoy a "simpler way of life". At the time I heard this, still in denial, still being pecked in the forehead by the syncopated emails, I thought he was nothing but a pompous intellectual. I wanted facts on the virus, not biblical wisdom. "Stay in your lane infection-man!" I screamed at my phone. But then as the day progressed, I realized that frig... maybe he was right.
We have no choice about how our cities and states and provinces and countries react. Their reasoning is long-term. Their reasoning is to save as many lives as possible. They don't care about your daughter's softball or spring training. And they shouldn't. They are trying to protect as many lives as possible. Like cutting away a mile of trees in the forest, to extinguish the forest fire. At this point, it doesn't matter. What's done is done. Take a swig of Whiskey. Sit on the couch. Take a deep breath. Inhale. Do it with me. Inhale.... Aaaaaah. Exhale. wooooooooh. Maybe 1 more. Inhale.... Exhale... Now tell yourself that your thoughts are just thoughts. Separate them. Let them be. Don't attach yourself to them. Let them float off into the outfield. Let them drift over the Green Monster. Into McCovey's cove. Out of the gigantic foul territory at the Coliseum. Work towards acceptance. Meditate on what you will do with this time. What opportunities emerge... A household project? A personal project. Reading? More sleep? A chance to start exercising? Teach your cat(s) to read? Take the time to be angry and frustrated. Curse your government and your public officials for taking away most everything you love in your life. Do it privately. I find it is better to swear. Swear out loud but in private. Tell them what you think. Tell them they are overreacting. Tell them they are being wimps. Tell them life has risk and we can't bubblewrap the world. Use the "F" word. Use the harshest words you can remember. Switch between languages to multiply the impact. When most of the anger is out of your system, take a deep breath and thank them for their concern and appreciate the weight of their responsibility and then focus once again on your next few weeks and think about how you can best use this time. Its a vacuum of time and in my opinion, its best to control what gets sucked into this vaccuum.
Its possible The Baseball Cube has made it to anger. Anger that the daughter's softball is on hold. Anger that College Baseball is over before it has begun. That Spring Training was cancelled. That site traffic will fall and signups to the TBC PREMIUM section will dwindle. I am hoping for an accelerated version of the 5 stages of grief. I hope depression is quick. I don't like that one. I am rooting for acceptance and from there, maybe... just maybe... some new features for the site will be born.
So maybe a third deep breath. Inhale...exhale... We are all in the same boat. We are all PAUSING the game to get some beer or whiskey and popcorn or chips. When we get back we will hit the PLAY button again. Until then, make the most of this time and appreciate as much as possible.