Why I Chose To Live Today

Friday, more than 120,000 new cases and more than 1,200 new deaths in one day from COVID-19. Many States are rapidly filling up with COVID-19 patients. Soon the number of patients flooding emergency rooms needing critical care will out number the skilled professionals like doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists. Not having enough healthcare workers to provide safe and timely life-saving medical care will result to massive deaths much worse than what we’ve seen last Spring.

Celebrate every birthday as memorable as we can. Many parents do worry the many what if’s of this pandemic.

We can increase production of PPE’s. We can create better medicines. We may have the much awaited vaccine early 2021, but we can NOT manufacture trained health care professionals that are COVID-19 ready. In fact, many nurses near retirement age retired early this year fearing for their health and lives.

If at a minimum it takes at least 4-5 years from education to clinical experience to make one good critically trained nurse and only months to overwhelm an entire county, then we are all in a lot of trouble. No amount of billions can fix that unless we open our doors again with kindness to professional immigrants.

For now, the U.S. Government has been focusing its Operation Warp Speed on vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics but failed to include the most important factor of it all, humans caring for fellow humans.

If we want to know where our State is heading, we need to be vigilant to its trend in COVID-19. Check our community hospitals on its resources and how we can help. We need to wear mask. We need to stick to social distancing and hand washing. We need to remember the lessons we’ve learned. It’s easy to forget, I just did yesterday when I was about to enter Costco. I forgot my mask because for a minute I totally forgot there’s still COVID-19. It’s okay to be clueless on rare occasions but not okay to be clueless all the time.

The Third Surge has began and its only the start of Fall. Question now, do we have enough time and resources when the worst hits the roof? Can we still reverse the inevitable? Honestly, I don’t know. I’m scared to answer the question because I haven’t been preparing myself. Been simply trying to live my best one day at a time, or the most week per week. Distant plans seems impractical when I don’t know what happens tomorrow.

Funko and his little EBay business made me and my son closer. He allowed me to be a part of his amazing world many parents only dreamed of. I’m not just his dad, I became his trusted friend. Life is good!

Last Sunday we all woke up early so we can line up at 8:00 AM at Target for its Limited Edition Batman camouflage Funko figures. All three of us got one each. Son so happy he gave us a group hug as he said, “Thank you.”

We then drove to Big Sur with a stop over at Sand City to visit our favorite stores, Target again for Football and Pokemon cards, Game Stop, HomeGoods and Ross. Lunch to go were cheeseburgers from Five Guys.

Spotting our scenic picnic view of Big Sur, we parked by the roadside. Two folding chairs and an Igloo cooler beside the car’s front passenger door was just perfect.

Post lunch hike with son along rugged cliff side all the way down the tide pools below was a thrilling nature and sea life adventure. We saw crawling shells, rock fishes, urchins, corals and sea anemones. He was super excited of what we discovered. He kept telling me the urchins are edible and we should try it. Nope, not when it can sting or potentially cause an allergic reaction.

Before heading home, we crossed the Bixby Bridge to complete our day trip. It felt good to celebrate life with family. Just the right weekend I needed to have.

We don’t wait for amazing to happen. We make amazing happen. We don’t wait for others to plan our adventures. We create our own adventures open to all kinds of surprises and possibilities. Hey, life is short after all, even shorter with the widespread COVID-19.

Young people, women , people of color, Americans who believes everyone deserves an equal opportunity for a better life, Americans who wants to put an end to Americans dying from COVID-19, these are the people who made possible for hope to happen in the next 4 years. They will be the main force that will shape what the country is to become in the next several decades. We can’t stop change. We can’t stop progress.

Woke up today with hope and excitement. Biden won as President of the United States. I actually teared up when I watched his speech. It sums up what I prayed my fellow Americans will become, of what my beloved America will become.

The people has spoken that the new America is an America for all. An America that gives everyone an equal chance to pursue any dream and possibility. It will be the America that is just, kind, peaceful and will work hard to unite people and nations. It will be the America the World will once again respect and consider as a powerful protector of humanity and democracy.

Always share the good stuff in our lives and try to let go of the bad. Make moments that are meaningful. Make memories that make us happier. Try to be kind and be nice to one another. No more division. No more inequality, anger and hate. We all need to heal and recover, together.

I choose to live today fully so tomorrow I will have no regrets.

Appreciate our lives as a blessing. Practice daily gratitude and contentment. Make the most of what we already have. Never take time and people for granted. Love them with all we’ve got.

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11 Responses to Why I Chose To Live Today

  1. Loved reading this post. 🙂 I noted that you mention about potential allergic reaction. Does your son have allergies? Mine has, anaphylactic to peanuts and fish 😦


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  3. kindfeelings says:

    Yes it is always good to focus and build on the positive.


  4. Beautiful view for lunch! I would so much enjoy! And I agree, we need to live our life and not be in fear. We enjoyed our recent two week road trip. Yes there were restrictions, but that is ok. It was amazing. And on a side note: I did not vote for Joe Biden. However, I will respect his presidency and will certainly give him the opportunity to bring our nation together. I will agree to disagree and I will pray for our nation and our people and show love. 💙🙏🏻


  5. Ab says:

    I am so so glad that Biden won. I think we all cheered for you and danced for you from Canada. That idiot monster is gone!!!

    And I’m glad you had this wonderful and positive outing with your family. Looks like a beautiful day spent with family and living life to the fullest during these uncertain times!


  6. ourcrossings says:

    I agree with you on making amazing happen. That’s certainly the right attitude! Negativity keeps us from living the life fully and there’s so much we can do to take charge. We can set daily goals, be kind, eat healthy, express our love and gratitude among all others.

    Joe Biden’s ancestor home in Ballina, County Mayo celebrated his election victory and so did we. Take care 😀 Aiva


  7. restlessjo says:

    You know, you really are a nice guy, and I Iove your attitude to life. So far I have only come across mild cases of this illness, and there is a bewildering array of information about it, including reports of false positives. As one who works at the core of patient care I can’t doubt your concern, and I thank you for it. Live your life is a good message 🙂 🙂


  8. I like your approach: live your life carefully (in this pandemic), but continue to live your life. One of my favorite quotes is, “ Things don’t happen to me, I happen to things”. I always enjoy your pictures and videos! Blessings.


  9. kagould17 says:

    A great attitude, for sure. We may have a new or current normal, but it does not say we can not do fun things, it just says we must do fun things, differently, safely, wisely. I am saddened for the unnecessary devastation Covid has brought to the U.S.. It did not have to be that way. I also share your joy this morning with the announcement on #46. I know this will sting for many, but it is time to begin the healing. A president’s intent is not only determined by his actions, it is also determined by his choice of words. One only need watch the recent speeches to determine whose words will do the least harm. I look for Biden to be a gracious winner and to acknowledge all the good that Republicans have done, rather than ranting about what they have not. I wish I could say I look for #45 to be a gracious loser, but I do not see that happening. Pity. Our legacy is not simply based on how we handle our victories, but also on how we handle our losses. Stay well and celebrate safely. Allan


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