I Hope You're Well

Whatever country you're from, I hope you're well. I hope you're looking after yourself, that you're staying at home, that you're looking at the world from your window, understanding that this in the only way to protect life at the moment. We want you to keep safe because you're important to us.
I Hope You're Well
Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by the psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 15 November, 2021

I hope you’re well, at home, and taking care of yourself and your loved ones. I hope that, in the days to come, you and your loved ones won’t be suffering. My wish for you is that you’ll be protected and immune.

I hope your protection will be like those Romanesque churches of the Middle Ages, which protected hundreds of thousands of people against the onslaughts of wars and crusades. And also against epidemics!

Because, although you may find it hard to believe, we’re all at war. This scenario makes us feel strange and even seems unreal, as the figures of infected people and human losses increase each day.

Haruki Murakami pointed out in one of his books that we all have to go through storms. He also said that, after the clouds have passed, we may not know how we managed to survive, and may even start to doubt that such a storm ever existed.

Whatever the case, the one thing that seems to be sure is that, after all of this, you probably won’t be the same. Perhaps you’ll learn good things that will allow you to start over in a different way, with other values and thoughts.

However, this isn’t the time to think about tomorrow. You must look at the present times and accept your joint responsibility. It’s the time to come together and be brave.

It doesn’t matter that nobody has prepared us for this. Yes, life seems to have stopped, and our plans are now paralyzed in a huge sea of uncertainty. However, you’re obliged to deal with this frustration and understand that, in order for life to continue, you have to make your home your world.

A woman drawing a heart.

Wherever you’re from, I hope you’re well

Wherever you’re from, I hope you’re well. No matter if you’re from Scotland, South Africa, Argentina, or New Zealand, you just need to understand the current situation and stay at home.

Go beyond your country’s government decisions and act responsibly. Because, in most cases, those who are forced to take action are slow to do so.

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that freedom of movement and the economy must prevail. The theory of group or herd immunity doesn’t work, doesn’t help, and is actually lethal right now.

Thus, if your country is still saying that you can lead a normal life, look up the definition of the word pandemic in the dictionary. Check the news, the WHO information, and find out what’s happening in countries such as the United States, Spain, or Italy. Just stay home!

Take care of yourself

Take care of yourself, take protective measures, and leave your house only when strictly necessary. Most importantly, take care of your loved ones and those who are most vulnerable to this disease.

The one advantage we should be thankful for in the midst of these dark times is the technological means to remain close to the ones we love despite the distance.

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to continue to nurture love, and to nurture those you love, from your home in order to stay safe and flatten the infection curve.

Make use of your cell phone, make video calls as much as you can, and communicate and share positive emotions. Feel proud of yourself just for the simple fact that you’re at home, looking after yourself. At this time, the simplest acts are the most decisive.

A hand holding a heart.

We need you; you’re important

I hope you’re well. Whatever your situation, we wish you peace and strength. Because, as Carl Sagan once said, we’re all valuable and indispensable. However, one thing we’re sadly discovering with the coronavirus pandemic is that life can be as fragile as the morning mist.

We need you. Whatever your nationality, religion, values, thoughts, and profession, you’re necessary and important. You’re important to us and you’re important to your loved ones.

At this time, the most valuable thing we have is the solidarity and responsibility of those who understand that they have to protect themselves in order to protect others.

Therefore, you need to understand that other people are as important as you. This isn’t the time for the individualism and selfishness we’ve seen on TV and the Internet. It’s time to come together to fight this virus.

I know you’re afraid, but we all are, and this will pass

We’re all scared. In any unexpected situation, it’s perfectly normal to experience fear. However, don’t allow this emotion to get the best of you. Otherwise, you’ll end up engaging in detrimental behaviors.

Thus, make every effort to control the only thing you can: your decisions and behaviors. Be calm and live responsibly and try to help others as much as possible.

For now, the only thing you need to do is stay safe. Get inspiration from cats! They spend ages just watching the world go by from windows, snuggle up in blankets, and simply believe that everything will be fine.

To conclude, I hope you’re well. I hope we’ll all get through this together… by staying at home!

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.