I Didn’t Sign Up For This
A Covid-19 Blog
I Love Famous People
“The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.”
Famous people rock. Just saying.
I know there are thousands, if not millions, of regular people out there who are going above and beyond in this life-threatening situation. I appreciate every one of you. The nurses, the doctors, the direct care professionals, the first responders, police officers, firemen and women, the factory workers. You all deserve gold stars.
But today’s post is about the famous people.
Turn on the news and you will hear story after story about what famous people are doing to help.
Let’s keep in mind, they don’t have to help, but they are.
Hospital shows are donating their masks, gowns and other medical equipment to hospitals and first responders.
One celebrity announced she was donating $120,007.36 to a local food bank – the $7.36 came out of her daughter’s piggy bank. That choked me up. What a great kid.
So many famous names stepping up and speaking out. I watched a young entertainer I don’t even know urging her young fans to take this seriously and stay home. The sincerity in her face, in her voice, brought tears to my eyes.
The night-show celebrities are keeping us entertained from their homes. Have you watched Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah or Jimmy Kimmel lately?
It’s been an interesting progression. First, they stopped having studio audiences. Then they announced the shows were down until this crisis is over.
Suddenly, we’re being invited into their living rooms and sharing in their family lives. Bonding as human beings, all facing the same unseen enemy. Their precious skill is to give us a few moments where we can forget our troubles and laugh.
Thank you so much, Stephen, Trevor and Jimmy. I hope you don’t mind me calling you by your first names, but now that you have invited me into your homes, I feel like I know you. You can call me Jan.
All jokes aside (pun intended) please follow the guidelines for social distancing.
Stay home. Don’t go anywhere you don’t absolutely HAVE to go. IF you must go out into the community, stay at least ten feet away from everyone you have contact with.
Pretend you have corona virus and you don’t want to give it to the other person.
If we don’t start taking this seriously, as a nation, as a species, as a planet, we won’t have to ‘pretend’ much longer.
The Italian military is enforcing lockdown in that country.
Come on, people. This isn’t that hard. Nobody is asking you to storm a beach front, or wade through a swampy jungle.
Don’t make our soldiers risk their lives to keep you safe.
I’m not being alarmist or trying to scare anyone. Honestly, if you’re not already scared on some level, my words will not have any adverse effect.
I don’t just want to beat this virus. I want to beat this virus knowing we saved as many lives as we could.
If I’m lucky enough to survive, I don’t want to look back and say, “Wow. If only we’d acted sooner, we could have prevented this global catastrophe.”
Oh, wait. Too late for that.
But it’s not too late to save lives. We have time, but not much time. A few more days to act.
Famous or unknown. Rich or poor. It really doesn’t matter anymore.
Just. Stay. Home.
You don’t have to be famous to do the right thing.
By not going inside that gas station, you may have saved hundred of lives.
Just. Stay. Home.
Kids driving you crazy?
Turn on the television and watch the famous people’s kids driving them crazy.
We’re all in this together.
We can beat this invisible threat by staying home.
How does it get any easier than that?