The ordeal of travel when there is a concern for your health was the anxiety I was dealing with – Tuesday night when I stayed up all night, thinking about the 11 flight from London Heathrow to San Francisco International airport where I would land upon the hub of airlines inbound from Asia – where the recent Coronavirus is wreaking havoc in the continent and beyond.
Landing in San Francisco was an eye-opening experience as I saw traveler after traveler wearing masks and gloves to help ward off contact with those who made their way from Asia-inbound flights. Would it have been safer to not have flights leaving the continent? was the first thing that popped into my mind while I walked angry through the corridors, and then I queued up in the customs line for over an hour, along with so many travelers in masks, and my anxiety grew deeper, to the point I found myself hyperventilating about all the other ways I might contract the virus, past the airport. Have you ever been consumed by so much fear, that you feel almost paralyzed? I texted a friend who was picking me up and I asked that he bring a can of Lysol to the airport and before I got into his car, I sprayed myself down and the luggage – that kind of paranoia I hate to admit happened to me – and then I sprayed him down, and his car – don’t know why? But I figured, who knows where he’s been also?
It really sucks to fear that way – but I guess its better to be safe than sorry.
I am glad to be back though, to regroup and find a normal balance to do the things that make me happy. The many projects I have planned for 2020, and take a few weeks to really appreciate all the memories my family and I made over the past six months – which I will tell you about in the autobiography I am aiming to draft and hopefully publish this year.
So, in the meantime, while I get my life back on track and keep you entertained to the best of my abilities, I share with you the recent topics of interest from where I am sitting, which right now is at my home-office.
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