The birthday highs and the lockdown lows

The Birthday Highs and The Lockdown Lows

Today’s post is a quick thank you to all those who took the time to reach out and wish me a happy birthday. Whether it was on social or by text, y’all sure know how to make a skinny dude feel special. 😌

Of course, I’d be remiss not to express my gratitude to my partner for going out of her way to make the day that much more meaningful. She always goes above and beyond for me, even though I tell her not to – and you girls say us guys don’t listen

As I mentioned in April’s entry to the Diary of Davis, I’m not particularly fond of my birthday. So all the love I received definitely gave me a little joy.

And I have to admit, I’m struggling to find joy right now.  

This third lockdown, or ‘emergency brake’ as it’s being called, has put me in a sour mood; it’s pushed me into a dark hole, and I’m having difficulty crawling out. I wrote last week about the social casualties of COVID-19, and this government-imposed prison is only making it worse. 

I won’t gripe long, but it makes very little sense this time around. 

Quite frankly, nothing about this pandemic makes sense anymore – it’s become extremely political and causing discourse all over the world.

We need to keep each other safe, I get that, but isolation has dire consequences

And when shopping malls and Big Box stores remain open with few safety measures in place, while diligent small businesses and gyms (which actually encourage healthy living) are shut down, I can’t help but get frustrated. 

So much so, my mental wellness is at an all-time low. 

Money talks, I guess. 

Us commoners can’t visit loved ones, nor can we exceed groups of five, but large corporations, pro athletes, and corrupt officials are free to do as they please. 

Or so it seems. 

Beyond that, there’s a case to be made for in-class learning, especially for children developing important social skills that can’t be emulated through a screen. However, overcrowded classes are a breeding ground for diseases, and teachers weren’t considered essential enough to be in phase one of the vaccination plan

So why haven’t schools been closed if “stopping the spread” is so important? 

Like I said, nothing makes sense anymore. 

Anyway, I apologize for my rant, but I had to get this off my chest. The purpose of the Davis Daily is to share my journey to self-improvement and offer a blue-collar perspective on personal and professional growth

Part of that means highlighting the highs without glossing over the lows. 

I’m certain I’m not the only frustrated one, so if you’re feeling the same way, I want you to know you’re not alone. 

Stay patient, stay safe, and if you need somebody to lend a friendly ear, don’t hesitate to reach out – whether you’re a friend, family member, or a stranger who’s just following along, we’re in this together. 

Remember, this too shall pass

Thanks for reading, folks. ✌

And thanks again for all the b-day love!

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