It’s easy to talk about what’s going wrong.
If you scroll through social media, a good half of the posts are about COVID-19 or the stay-at-home order. People talk about isolation, loneliness, and fear. They discuss the political, medical, financial, and social issues which have sprung up.
Other people try to see the bright side. They talk about the joy they’ve found from being at home with their families, or the new hobbies they’ve picked up, or the amazing progress they’ve made in projects. Some talk about how relieved they are to have some downtime and others talk about how thankful they are to be able to continue working. And some talk about the incredible ways people have banded together to help others, even from a distance.
We’re inclined to be happy that people are seeing the bright side. We say that they’re spreading joy and hope, and we commend them for staying positive instead of focusing on the negative. And certainly, this is a good thing.
But that’s not the ultimate joy.
Hi, I'm Rachel. I write adventure stories, but I can't let my characters have all the adventures.