Since the covid-19 breakout, lots of people, and occupations, are receiving public thanks for all they do to help others, but shouldn’t these people be appreciated everyday?

Hospital workers, police officers, firefighters, paramedics/EMTs, truck drivers, store workers, and so on, and so on… The media keeps talking about the “brave” workers who show up for work every day during the epidemic. It’s nice they’re all getting recognition for the hard work they do, but did you know they all showed up for work every day BEFORE the outbreak?

Nobody seemed to care then, but their work was just as important…

Why is our society so shallow that we wait until a major disaster happens to acknowledge those who make our lives better? These people relentlessly do what they do each and every day to make our world livable. I’m not saying you should give every cop or nurse you see a hug (unless they’re cute), but you should at least be proud of what they do, and you should be appreciative.

It doesn’t hurt to say thank you when the world isn’t falling apart!

Our world is very fragile in every way. The covid-19 pandemic made us realize as an entire society just how fragile not only life is, but the entire infrastructure that surrounds it. It’s like the old saying, “you don’t know what you have til it’s gone.” Did you ever think you’d see a time in your life where toilet paper wasn’t available?

While we were slightly inconvenienced for a while, we still had hot and cold running water, food, electricity, air conditioning, housing and the safety net of public protection (police, fire, EMS, hospitals, etc.). We had all these things because those many faces working behind the scenes who are so often taken for granted kept the operation going.

You may not have been able to go to the bar to drink, but you could still hit the liquor store to supply your vice. You may not have been able to sit down for a fancy dinner at your favorite restaurant, but you could still visit the drive through or use your smart phone to have something delivered. The local quickie marts were still open for you to get your gas, candy bars, lottery tickets and cigarettes.

You were placed under a “mandatory quarantine” where you were still free to move about (for the most part) to get your food and supplies, and to go to work, if you were lucky enough to do so still. In theory, things really weren’t that horrible (minus the whole people out of work thing).  

Imagine a scenario where you couldn’t.

There is going to be a time inevitably at some point where these “freedoms” we experienced during covid-19 will not be there. In the event of a large scale catastrophe (imagine an asteroid hitting the Earth, a radiological accident or attack, a massive super storm, or a terrorist related biological release), our food supplies will be disrupted, our water will be undrinkable, gas will not be available and our hospitals will be shut down. Power grids will be offline, and 911 will not be there for you.

As you scoff and say “that’s not going to happen”, did you ever expect you wouldn’t be able to get a hair cut or watch a movie because of a virus outbreak? The doomsday scenarios I mentioned are extreme, but they’re not unrealistic, and they’re not really as far off as you think. Throw in a little martial law and see how you feel then. Something much worse than what we experienced will happen at some point…

My point is to look around at what makes our world what it is.

Things may not be perfect in our lives, but life is functional because people work in important jobs doing what they do every day to make our lives livable. As I said, don’t wait until the world is collapsing upon itself to appreciate these people. Thank them often, and truly appreciate what they do, because without them you’d be on your own, and that probably wouldn’t end well at all.

Happy thoughts.

~ Marty ~


Marty is a Kansas City based writer and author.

If you want to learn how to prepare for the “worst case” scenario, check out Marty’s book, Disaster Planning Made Easy.