If you’re anything like me, our current situation, the crisis over that damned pandemic, has put you in a really bad place. For me, as someone who has to be on guard against crippling depression and anxiety under the best of circumstances, yeah, it’s tough. Probably the worst thing about it is not knowing how long it’ll last. The experts have no idea. And in the meantime, everything that previously gave my life meaning has shut down. What movie theaters are still open won’t be for long. My theatrical company barely made it in under the wire with our last production, but we won’t be working on any others anytime in the foreseeable future. Museums are closed, restaurants are closed. No worship services, even. Damn near everything.
I’ve never been one of those “look on the bright side” kinda people. I know cerebrally that we ought to be grateful that things aren’t much worse, that the worst that most of us will have to deal with is isolation, inconvenience, and boredom. I *know* that, but knowing something has nothing whatsoever to do with how I *feel* about it. And being reminded of it usually just pisses me off.
We’re all in Limbo, then. What is there to do in Limbo?
During the Great Depression, FDR instituted his “Fireside Chats.” These were sporadic radio broadcasts where Roosevelt talked to the American people in a conversational, soothing tone. The aim of the chats was to calm Americans’ fears, to make people feel better. In that they succeeded. Families would gather around the radio in their living rooms and listen to the President and everybody went to bed feeling just a little bit better.
I got to thinking about the “Fireside Chats.” I think, while we’re all just sitting at home with nothing to do except read or watch TV, procreate or play cards, I’m going to institute my own “Fireside Chats.” I’ll try to make us all feel a little better by talking about stuff. Sure, that’s what I do already, but these posts will be specifically intended for an audience under quarantine, to keep it informed and entertained. Whenever you see the words in the header “Fireside Chat,” get comfortable and give me a couple minutes of your time. I hope it will help you to feel better. I hope it will make me feel better, too.