I'm Not Afraid...
I'm not afraid of running out of money. I'm not afraid of my small business being affected in the long-term. I'm not afraid of Coronavirus itself.
I'm afraid of emotional abuse. Of being stripped of my emotional independence. Of regulating myself while trying to defend it.
There's the sentiment: "I'm afraid of Corona, so you have to be afraid of Corona. And if you're anything but afraid, you're wrong. Because I'm afraid."
No, I get to be brave.
I can agree to the overall protocols while feeling whatever emotion I want.
If it was certain we were all going to die from Corona, and I chose to die being happy, it feels like the Chicken Littles would be pissed that I chose to die in an emotional state different than theirs.
I have the right to my point-of-view, interpretation, and emotional state.
How much am I going to have to defend these as things reopen?
How many boundaries will I have to set?
Which battles will I fight and which will I let slide?
If I need to find a real piece of news, how much am I going to have to be emotionally abused by the media to find it?
How much will I have to wade in the mindset of the masses to get through this?
No, I'm not an island. The world affects me. But I get to rise above the sea of untamed emotions and conjure up my own emotion states based off what's best for me.
That's what leaders do.