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Last evening Steve and I poured through Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu to find a movie to watch. After weeks of Shelter in Place orders, the pickin’s are slim.
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We ended up watching a thriller with the typical hero storyline: A tough hero takes on evil forces, almost dies, and then single-handedly vanquishes the enemy. After saving the world, he impatiently blows off all thanks and walks away, alone again, naturally. Blah blah blah. This storyline is a fantasy that is neither helpful or true.
Today, there is concern that the coronavirus pandemic will cause an onslaught of mental health problems. The idea of a hero, silently toughing it out alone is a lie. The truth is all humans, even heroes need support, especially in tough times.
My psych RN training taught me that people at a higher risk for suicide are those who don’t have a support system, i.e., family or friends, or those who are less likely to reach out for help.
People need people. We can’t go it alone.
During my morning coffee, I watched my four-year-old neighbor skipping around her driveway across the street from us. It was all unicorns and rainbows until she tripped and fell to her knees, crying and screaming for help. The mom raced across the yard, kissed her daughter’s owie and poof, the girl got up and began skipping again.
Chuckling to myself, I wondered how a brief kiss from Mommy could make the pain go away. Suddenly I had a revelation.
Mom’s kiss didn’t make the PAIN go away, Mom’s kiss made the LONELINESS go away.
Suffering alone causes loneliness, and loneliness magnifies the pain.
We find ourselves in an unprecedented time as we experience the effects of the coronavirus.
If you are in pain, reach out for help.
No one, not even a hero, thrives by suffering alone.
We need each other.