Social distancing, isolation, hunkering down, and self-quarantine are terms used to describe everybody’s efforts to slow down the Covid-19 virus. Whatever it’s called, the intent is to raise survival rates.
Those of us older–I’m nearly 70–are especially at risk. Being male doubles that risk. I also have the additional risk factor of a poor immunity system. Basically, I’m a virus magnet. In school, I always caught everything first–a canary in a coal mine for my class. Add to that we’ve just sold our house and are soon to be on-the-road homeless.
So what is my survival strategy? That depends how one defines “save your life.” I only have a few active years remaining. Is remaining breathing saving my life? Or does survival mean preserving the potential of my remaining life? Kit and I had hoped to buy a low-maintenance home in Washington State and enjoy the parks of northwest America, British Columbia, and Alaska. We hoped to have an influence for Christ there.
Without jeopardizing others and still doing our part to mitigate the crisis, we chose to prioritize the survival of our lives’ potential over merely not dying. To do so, we will wait for an opportune moment then dash across the country during a pandemic. If we can find a relatively safe home in Washington, we can perhaps realize the potential of our remaining years.
That’s our survival strategy. During the transition, we’ll stay away from people like they had the plague–which some will–wash our hands every chance we get, and take every health precaution. Do any of you who read this have ideas or strategies about how to most safely move across the country and find a new home? I’d love to hear them.