Into Your Life It Will Creep…
It’s one of the great lines from the classic song For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield.
And until yesterday, that’s all it was, a line from a song.
But I guess subconsciously all this talk about the coronavirus finally got to me.
We were sitting around our apartment watching the last episode of Collateral, and I thought I felt a little warm. I stood up to turn on the air conditioner, which is quite unusual for me. My wife even made a remark to that effect.
Of course, a thousand thoughts were running through my mind.
Did I have a temperature?
Did that mean I had the coronavirus?
Did that mean I would be quarantined?
Did it mean my wife and son would get it too?
How would I be able to finish my semester of teaching?
When would I be able to go home?
The questions were coming at me nonstop.
So I thought – I need to put an end to this.
I announced to my wife and son that I was going to walk over to the building where I teach because there were thermal scanners at the entrance that everyone had to walk through. They agreed to come with me, but I’m sure there were now a thousand questions and thoughts running through their minds.
We walked over to the building, but not too quickly. I didn’t want an above-average temperature just because I walked too fast in 90-degree weather.
We arrived at the building and I left my wife and son outside as I began heading towards the thermal scanners.
I walked as slowly as I could, just to make sure the security guards were paying attention as I walked through.
My thoughts now were – what happens if my temperature is elevated? Do they immediately escort me somewhere for further testing? Would they also take my wife and son? Would they start asking me about where I’ve been, who I’ve been in contact with? Again, a million thoughts swirling through my mind, in just the space of 20 feet; five seconds at most.
As I passed through the scanners, one of the security guards waved me through, and that was it.
I went over to say hello to the woman at the front desk whom I have gotten to know over the past month. I didn’t want anyone to notice that I just walked into the building and immediately turned around. What kind of weirdo does that?
So after a couple of minutes, I texted my wife and son and told them that I was being detained for further observation.
I waited a couple of seconds and then I walked outside grinning.
It was over.
And we all breathed a sigh of relief.
I’ve really got to cut back on how much news I read.
I’ve got to stop thinking that anyone who sneezes has the virus. that holding onto an escalator railing is going to spread the virus, or that a crowded elevator is a breeding ground for the virus.
Thankfully, we all feel great. And we’ve been pretty diligent about taking proper measures to avoid catching or spreading the virus. And Singapore has been the gold standard in terms of how to manage the virus.
So I just need to take a few deep breaths and stop my imagination from running wild…
But Stephen Stills, who wrote For What It’s Worth, was right on target.
Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep…
Here’s the song; the referenced lyric is at 1:53.
*image from Royal Queen Seeds