Thomas Brodie was born and raised in North Carolina, home of the Queen City near South End. He is an internet entrepreneur, home chef, handyman, IT guy and doting father. He is worried about life under the Covid-19 regime and fearful of what the future holds, especially for his daughter.
This is Thomas's story as shared with Affluent Society from USA:
Living in fear
I currently work in and outside of Charlotte doing IT jobs and whatever few part time work I can pick up due to Covid-19. In my free time, I write poetry or paint just to ease my mind and spend time with my daughter, watching her grow. I and many my age remember the days when we could live without fear. These times frighten me as they directly impact my family and my city. Our own president blames Bush for 9/11 but doesn't want any type of heat when it comes to taking the blame for his presidency. It makes me sob just thinking of my daughter's uncertain future.
Life has literally become a horror contagion movie. You never know who or what is lurking with infectious germs that could take out thousands and even millions of people if not contained. Everyday I wake up now I have to wear a mask. I am still wondering what's the cure for this and why does it keep mutating? This reality cannot be our way of life now and forever. I've been thinking of the whole Covid-19 situation as optimistically as possible. I have a little extra faith that it will go back to what it used to be, if not better than what it was before.
Don't give up
Times now are flipped paranormal. So my advice to fellow readers is you have to do what humans do best at times like these and adapt. Be cognizant to the new things happening in your communities and build from there. I started cooking when I was 4 years old. My mom says jokingly " You just wouldn't stop baking muffins''. I still aspire to have my own restaurant, Covid-19 or not.
About Human Stories:
All of us have a story to share. Some are joyful. Some are teary. Some provide perspectives. Several are downright heartbreaking. Others are simply inspiring.
I've been receiving and exchanging stories of COVID-19 lockdowns with business and government leaders from around the world since June. As the third wave of the pandemic handcuffs some nations and borders, I turn my attention to you - readers and followers of Affluent Society - and your emails and feedback to me these past months. While I continue serving my sentence in Melbourne, I will try my best to tell your story.
This Human Stories Series is a cumulation of stories shared with Affluent Society by its readers and followers from around the world.
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