When Your Next Breath Becomes A Wish.
It is over 45 days since the first case of Corona was reported in Kenya. By then, most countries had reported cases of COVID 19. Our reaction was that this would last for a couple of weeks, and we will then have figured how to live with it.
With each passing day, the light at the end of the tunnel seems to be dimming more and more. Despite having faced many epidemics before and currently, nothing compares to COVID 19. Not only does it sickens people, but it also kills businesses. Those businesses that are still surviving it is a matter of time before they succumb to the same fate. Us in the travel industry, we became its first casualty.
With that being said, there is panic everywhere as none of us knows when this will end, but we are all pretty sure when it ends, we know the fate that will be waiting for us. Rebuilding our lives will not be a walk in the park.
That fear of rebuilding is driving people to throw all precautions and advice out of the door to try and preserve what they have devoted all their entire lives building.
There are a lot of things that we think we need to be out there doing, thinking they are more important than staying safe. As a Nurse, I can assure you that those things become meaningless when you are fighting to have your next breath or your heartbeats are few and apart. At that very moment, you can give anything in this world to catch that breath, but in most cases, that's never an option, to begin with. I have seen this first hand, and I have held hands with many people who begged for one more breath that never happened.
Most of us in the travel industry might never have our business back despite having sacrificed everything to build them. Still, as long I can take that next breath with all the ease, that's all matter for me at this moment.
One day this will be over, or we will find a safe way to live with it. Then at that time, we will figure out how to rebuild our lives again either from scratch or from the pieces that will be left. But that can only happen when we still have our breath in us.
Staying safe should be our utmost priority at the moment. The economy, our jobs, our businesses, and everything between can wait because none of it will matter if our next breath becomes just a wish.