Well, this all escalated quickly, didn’t it?
Just last week I was camped out in North Carolina, spending time with friends ahead of ‘Super Sebring’. Now, instead of being in Florida, I’m back home, and the entire sport has gone into hiding.
It’s surreal, isn’t it? One moment everything is fine, going to plan, the next we are in lockdown, with no idea when normality will resume.
Many of you will feel anxious, scared, angry, upset. This level of uncertainty is something that most of us born after the Second World War have never experienced. And that’s ok. There is no playbook for this, this is uncharted water. What will the world look like when it all clears up? Nobody knows. But we will get through it, and it will be ok in the end, because it has to be.
This is not the time to be anything other than positive, because we’re all in the same boat. Now is the time to concentrate on the little victories.
President Macron says we are ‘at war’, and in many ways, he’s right. Let’s be thankful though, that it’s a war where fighting the enemy doesn’t involve sending people around the world with weaponry, instead, we can beat this by spending time at home, with family, playing board games and watching Netflix. Millennials like me are well prepared for this, we’ve grown up in a world where boredom doesn’t exist, where sitting at home watching TV and playing video games is easy!
Focus on spending time with the people you love, and reaching out to people who are vulnerable and need help. Avoid the bile being spread on the internet and listen to the experts, rather than random people who have a few retweets or likes to their name.
Admire the hordes of people doing good in the world during a time of crisis. We’ve got 19-year-old NBA basketball players paying the wages of staff working at NBA arenas, owners of major corporations donating money to help out the people working in hospitals who are feeling the strain and communities rallying to help out people who can’t fend for themselves.
Be inspired and do what you can. Know someone who can’t leave the house but needs supplies? Deliver a bag of shopping for them. How about a friend that’s feeling down? Video call them.
If we all avoid panicking, stripping shops of supplies and limit social contact, this will pass. We all have to play our part, and if we do, we can cherish what we used to have that little bit more when it’s over. Have faith in humanity and look beyond the minority of people who don’t care, and use their loud voices on social media to get a kick out of other people’s emotions.
This new reality is a wake-up call for many of us. I’ve always wondered how everyone coped when they had to knuckle down and carry on while the world burned in the 40s. Right now, in a rather less perilous position, we’re going to find out.
So keep your chin up, batten down the hatches and look to the future. Most of this is out of our hands, so put all your energy into what you can control and take it day by day.
On DSC, we’re going to do all we can to keep you entertained. In some ways, this situation is a dream for those of us who enjoy long-form feature writing but can’t because the news cycle is so brutal. GG and I have made plans to have as much fun as possible, and give all of you loyal readers out there something to distract you and prevent you from going down a wormhole every time you pick up your phone or turn on your TV.
This could get weird, and go off the rails fast. Best cars ever? We’ll discuss them. What motorsport movies should you watch while you’re quarantined? We have it covered. Favourite press room memories? We’ll get to those. When we publish a Top 10 Brake Suppliers feature (good job Brembo!) maybe you should reach out to us for a sanity check. But until that happens, there are no rules, we’re going off the wall. We hope you come along for the ride.
So sit back, light your favourite scented candle, and strap yourself in.
We’ll see you on the other side.