My Dear Friends,
I have been a Covid hostage from March of 2020 until February of 2021, which is when I got my first vaccination shot. That is enough time for what’s called the Stockholm Syndrome to take root and build within my psyche the necessary combination of fear and helplessness. If that isn’t a diagnosis of the Stockholm Syndrome then I’m a monkey’s uncle. Although, as we struggle with new gender definitions, I believe I would be a monkey’s aunt or monkey’s They???? Sorry, can’t go there because I am too ill informed.
Ok so I acknowledge I am a victim of Covid Stockholm Syndrome. And thankfully, I do not feel alone. Please let me know if this resonates with you.
Since I have returned north (Brrrrrrr!!!), I have been talking to friends and family about their winter in a cold Covid climate and the advent of the vaccinations and the promise of a different Spring and Summer from last year. I feel like I am a human who has been in hibernation. And as the vaccinations proceed very slowly, one foot in front of the other, sniffing and searching as I go, testing the waters as I move from my cave into the light.
In a sense, the exit from my cave and my acceptance of the vaccine is a very personal leap of faith. Every time I have ever made one of those leaps of faith, I have found the juice of life is more profound and though the leaps can be challenging and frightening, ultimately for me they make my life more satisfying.
Yeah??? So what’s my point???
Well, I have discovered quite a few friends that are satisfied with the Covid status quo of the past. Translation: No vaccine. I have spent much of my life opting for FREE CHOICE… religion, race, sex, education… your life, you choose. Well, of course there is a caveat… what’s the matter with you? You think life is fair or free? Not! Only for babies! And then, as sadly we know, in many cases not even for babies.
All right already, I’m getting to it. Here is my point. There is a cost to life. We are periodically asked to make a leap of faith. And for me, getting the vaccine is a leap of faith. There is so much we don’t know. We don’t know way more than we do know… forever. However, if I want to come out of my cave, not wear a mask, travel to see friends, relatives, or the Aurora Borealis, give or get a hug from someone outside my POD (OMG it sounds like a remake of The Body Snatchers), then I need to get my shot.
So what has this got to do with the Stockholm Syndrome?
All of us have been kidnapped by Covid, that’s what!!!
I think it’s time we recognize that fear and helplessness narrows the world and limits life’s opportunities and the wonderful joyful noise that goes with it.
Right??? Of course Right!!!
Love ~ Sally-Jane ❤️