Awkward Moments

Today is apparently ‘Awkward Moments Day‘. I also found it interesting that it follows St Patrick’s Day – and I am sure we can all guess why (excessive alcohol shenanigans can lead to some pretty awkward moments for some πŸ˜› ).

But in the current state of our world, I am sure many of us are having many of these types of moments. I had one yesterday.

I heard a gentleman cough in the next aisle in the grocery store, and then there was the sound of some things falling off the shelf. As I rounded the corner of the aisle, the gentleman still stood there, and a lady stood a short distance away from him, with a look of horror on her face. She had stepped back straight after he coughed, and had knocked down several of the bottles on the spice shelf with her handbag – a few now lay broken on the floor. The Manager and a staff member, as well as a few others in the store, had all come to see what had happened.

And all of a sudden, I sneezed. With this audience in front of me. Three times!Β 

The lady with the offending handbag threw her hands up in the air and turned on the Manager, ”I’m going to die of a deadly virus because ofΒ yourΒ store!” She then stormed off, and we all stood there, looking awkwardly at each other.
(Bearing in mind that at the moment, there are still no reported or confirmed cases in our entire province – SA is divided into provinces, and while there are 60 odd confirmed cases in our country, they remain in other provinces.)
The man shrugged his shoulders and said apologetically, ‘Smokers cough”. I shrugged mine, and pointed at the floor where numerous herbs and spices now lay scattered, and said, ”Pepper”.

There was a moment of silence, perhaps we were all sub-consciously observing the ‘deaths of those bottles’, and then….

We all started laughing.Β 

One of the other shoppers shrugged and said with a smile, ”Panic sure isn’t going to stop the virus.”

And then we all went on our way to finish our shopping.

But truer words have never been spoken. Panic isn’t going to stop it, and it also isn’t going to help anyone.Β 

And we’ve had our fair share of panic in our country. Not only do we have the daily stress of the lack of jobs, lack of clean water and people dying due to those factors, we also have the daily concern of crime that is more severe than you could imagine (and gets swept under the rug). Our economy has been crashing for a long time now – it will get worse, and still would have, with or without the virus. And let’s not forget that in 2018 polony tried to kill us here in South Africa! That was frightening for us as a small family – although my children don’t eat polony, we were regular eaters of that brand of cold meat and bacon, and at that stage I was buying Rainbow Chicken products.

I am not making light of this virus that is doing the rounds, please don’t get me wrong. I have a lovely blogging friend who is currently in quarantine because she has it, and although she is struggling, her optimism and levels of hope are encouraging.

I read somewhere that it’s not a case ofΒ if you get the virus, it’s a case of when.

Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I still don’t feel panicked.Β 

There are infinite resources to advise us of how we can be responsible, and naturally I am taking the necessary precautions. But for me personally? I find that being calm, and having hope, and offering encouragement and support can be equally as ‘catchy as the virus’.

My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones because of this virus, and to those who are in quarantine because they have contracted it. I am sad for them, and wish I could change all this. Take it away. Turn it into a bad dream and allow us all to wake up and find it wasn’t real.

But it is real. And it is scary. And it is sad.

However, panic isn’t going to help any of us.

I think that as with everything in life, we can only do what we can to change what we can – be aware, and take precautionary measures.

Here’s hoping that you all find a semblance of peace amidst this chaos!

17 thoughts on “Awkward Moments

  1. I wish more thought like you. I’m hearing so many stories that make me think the worst of people as panic seems to be their default reaction. And the main driving force behind this appears to be the media as usual. As Amber said if everyone acted β€œcautiously and responsibly” how well would we get through this. Oh, and turn the news off…

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    1. Agree with you 100%. I saw a picture that said if we all took a 20 day break from social media, then the world would be a better place. And I couldn’t agree more for those who panic at every so-called news item posted. There is just so much fake news. And yes, the reality IS scary – but panic isn’t going to help any of us.

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  2. I completely agree. We should take it seriously and do our part in trying to contain it, but there’s no reason to panic. It simply doesn’t buy us anything. That said, I think a lot of panic is self induced by an over consumption of news. Just because they’re talking about it 24/7 doesn’t mean that it’s the only thing we should be thinking about. Funny story and nice post!

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    1. I agree! To be honest, I haven’t even bothered with my Facebook the last 24 hours. So tired of seeing fake news reported, as well as the panic being incited.
      I do believe we need to keep ourselves informed and take it seriously, and I also believe we need to take the necessary precautions. Because it IS scary. And it IS serious. But at the same time, as I’ve said, panic isn’t helping anyone.
      Thanks for the comment, and glad you enjoyed the post πŸ˜‰

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    2. Yup! I wish I could directly show people what a benefit it is, to be away from that stuff, to limit it :).

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      1. It’s soooo gloriously nice to be away from that ‘rat race’, overwhelming, judgemental world of social media alone. News sites are basically the same thing as social media sites, and you’ve got to use them sparingly and filter out the useful stuff πŸ™‚.

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  3. Hi my friend that was a really humorous post especially given the current situation in the world.
    In many ways you are right in what you have said inasmuch as panicking is not going to help. It feels really strange to see shops and streets empty even of essential items and I wonder if lockdowns are the right thing to do.
    I think that one of my most awkward moments was when an ex girlfriend of mine came to the house 🏑 and switched the TV over whilst my uncle was watching a programme before going out.
    I hope that you and your family remain safe and well and my thoughts and prayers reach out to you, your family and country. πŸ™πŸ€—

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    1. Yes, something needs to be done about the panic-buying, Lockdowns would help, there is also talk of having police in supermarkets. Sad times!

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      1. Yes, society’s been fucked for ages. I’m glad of this situation in some ways, because it’s been causing me anxiety how insular society had become. And I was always anxious about the precariousness of life. At least now that something is happening, I can stop imagining the possible things.

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  4. I really enjoyed reading this story, Megs!

    “Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I still don’t feel panicked. ”

    “However, panic isn’t going to help any of us.

    I think that as with everything in life, we can only do what we can to change what we can – be aware, and take precautionary measures.”

    I did indeed find peace from this post! And I feel similarly to you. My anxiety levels went up a bit today, but I got mobilised into action to start helping people worse off, which helped me feel better again. I’m sorry about the extra struggles that you have to face over there. πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

    I’m always here if you need moral support! πŸ€—

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  5. It’s gonna be a LONG while before sneezing or coughing in public won’t cause people to freak out. Sigh.

    That lady’s crazy, blaming the store manager. I keep wanting to write a post on my own number of crazy customers, but keep putting it off, cuz writing ’em might get me all riled up again.

    Cheers!

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    1. Yeah… avoidance is key, ha ha ha!
      I also am trying not to talk too much about all the silliness because it definitely churns up some angry feelings. But then again, the few things I have shared? Maybe someone sees them and reconsiders their own actions πŸ˜‰

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