There is no denying how much of a dark year this has been so far.
Many would have considered this to be a year where goals could be seized in order to make the most of it. Never knowing what was upon us and I was one of those people. Determined to excel on levels that I would let guide me into an unknown future. Goals and aspirations now compromised by everything that is going on now.
Currently, my employment is up in the air following the fact that my rent was doubled starting this September.
This is even despite the fact that it was being paid during times where most people couldn’t do it. But still, no leniency, no mercy and no consideration for what’s going on. In New York phase 4 is to implemented allowing more businesses to reopen. But with other people still entering the state despite the rise in cases. There’s no promise that things will ever get back to normal.
Fortunately, the people of New York have managed to help with the crisis by masking up. I’m not going to say everyone but most people I’ve seen in the streets usually have them on. Apparently this has helped curb the issue tremendously compared to where we were a few months ago. Allowing the room for a second chance at getting things rolling again. However, it’s summer and small businesses like restaurants are only surviving because of outdoor dining.
How will this be sustained during the colder season?
- Better yet, how will this be sustained if unemployment benefits, rent forgiveness and no aid is provided in the upcoming months?
My best guess is the state will see the end results of the reopening and if cases start to rise again then they will start to make decisions. Treating things like some experiment instead of having safety measures in place in case things fall apart (I’m not saying they don’t but sometimes it comes off that way). According to main stream outlets there already appears to be some unrest in the streets of New York. I wish I can say I follow it enough to make comparisons.
There is just too much going on to not assume economic disparity could be apart of it.
- But I have faith that the people of New York will over come this.
It just sucks that pressure has to be put on the state in order for things to move an inch. You’d figure after everything that’s happened UBI and universal healthcare would be on the table. Since there is no getting around the how will we pay for it question anymore. But considering where the focus has been lately. Overall, this seems like it will be a long time before we see this implemented.
I say this as potentially being on the edge of the sword here and at the mercy of a broken economy.
Hopefully, opportunity will open up for me again once phase 4 is in full effect. But it seems like a make or break moment for my area instead of trying something while planning for the worst. I say this because nothing is being said to us about the plan. It’s all just comes off like smoke and mirrors as the turn out falls on the people. Which could be successful if treated carefully but futile if not monitored right.
It’s like having cracks in high scale armor that is meant to protect you from something that is airborne and all you have is your hands to cover the damage.
- Because the idea of a housing crisis and lack of benefits for the unemployed could have the potential to pull the rug out from under us.
This premise of allowing this to linger while shifting focus to what’s still functional is what’s concerning. Granted, New York is apparently getting back on track with things. You’d figure that be something worth protecting considering it is a money making capital of the world. But I fear too much is happening outside of the state for that to stay in tact. Which make these coming months moments people should be paying attention to.
For me, it all brings me back to returning from my last day of work when I was forced to stay home. In that very moment, something in me just felt like things would never be the same. I wish I was wrong about that and I often wonder if it’s forever going to be a key moment for me. Because the worst things get on my side the more I keep looking back to that time. Considering this was all out of my hands and I’m sure most people felt the same when they were told to stay home.
You’d figure following through with what we were told would have some upside.
But instead we’re treated like children that’s told to stand in a corner instead of ones that get ice cream for their valiant efforts. There’s no way that attitude contributes anything positive to this outcome. The lines just seem too divided and blurred these days. Too much to process but on the plus side at least people are starting to understand why we are where we are today. So there’s an energy out there to fix things even if it’s on ground level.
All of it too costly, unnecessary but ultimately fixable.
It’s just the timing of it all that’s fractured, a reflection of the structure we have here as a nation. My ultimate theory is that if we don’t get back to the “we are in this together” attitude that the US will ultimately become the Divided States Of America. In this case I really hope I am wrong about all of this. But after everything that’s happened and what is yet to come, nothings off the table anymore.
- Especially in the coming months.
Written by Antonio Westley