I’m scared… and I want to talk about it

You can listen to a lot of people and get a lot of different thoughts about how dangerous the COVID-19 pandemic is.

If you listened to the President yesterday, it’s pretty serious. If you listened to him a few weeks ago, it’s no big deal. If you listened to Infowars contributor Mike Adams (the self-appointed “Health Ranger”), “It’s over for humanity. There will be only loyal survivors.”

You should never listen to Mike Adams.

I’ve tried to take in as much as I can, and that’s been a really stupid thing for me to do. But I want to know as much as I can. We’re in a situation unlike anything I’ve ever experienced in my 40 years of being on this planet. Not since September 11, 2001 has the country all felt the same way at the same time.

I’m just going to come out and say it:

I’m really scared, you guys.

I have been trying to play it cool. I’ve been making stupid jokes on twitter.

I want to be one of those guys who is always seeing the positive and helping people rally together. But as every day goes by, that gets harder and harder. Right now, my son is out of school for at least two weeks. My wife, an English teacher, also has to plan two weeks of online lessons before her students have the break the week after.

But I don’t see any sign that schools will re-open after that.

Andrew Cuomo just announced that the coronavirus may not hit it’s peak in New York for another 45 days. 45 DAYS, PEOPLE! That’s the end of April. And I have to imagine that many other places are getting similar projections.

This is a crazy time unparalleled in most of our lifetimes. I don’t know what to do. And I don’t know how to stay positive.

Before I get to my main point, I want to say this: Out of all the people we should be listening to in these trying times, the person we should be listening to the least is Billy Ocean. Dude may know how to write a banger, but the lyrics of those songs are absolutely worthless in handling this epidemic.

First off, the dude wrote a lot of love songs, all of which involve physical contact, which is a bad fucking idea right now. “L.O.D. (Love On Delivery”? “Reach Out A Hand”? “Let’s Put Our Emotions In Motion”? “Stay The Night”? WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO DO, BILLY? Just touch everyone and put yourself at risk?

Ocean’s two biggest songs are also giant red flags. “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going” has absolutely no practical use when people are supposed to be staying home and fears of a travel ban loom constantly. Where should the tough get going to, Mr. Ocean? As for “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car”, he’s got it all backwards: Dreams are the best place for people to be! Why would you want them in such close proximity?

I will give him credit for telling the person to “get in the backseat”.

I saw a tweet from Chicago sportscaster Dan Bernstein that actually made me feel better yesterday.

He’s right. It’s not good to just keep everything bottled in. So, here we are. And I want to fucking talk about it.

I’m scared.

I’m scared for myself. For my son. My wife. My family and friends. The people I love.

I’m scared that the friends I have who make their money in the service industry or through comedy won’t be able to pay their bills.

I’m scared that I won’t see Zion Williamson live up to his up to his potential in his rookie season.

I’m scared that panic might set in and a lot of frightened people could do some very dumb and dangerous things.

I’m scared the new Fast And Furious movie will never come out.

I’m scared for myself and for all of you, especially if you follow me on twitter.

And it’s ok.

And it’s ok for you to be scared to.

Because the only way we’re going to get through it is to admit our fears and be there for each other.

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