THE ANGRY MAN
There’s so much to be angry about these days.
In this scary time of COVID-19, people are dying in massive numbers, health services across the globe are stretched to breaking point, the world’s media is full of misinformation and confusion, we’re getting mixed messages from authority figures, and some people seem to be incapable of following simple instructions and staying home – as if meeting up with your mates in the park is more important than the fact that by doing so people could actually die. But you know what? I’m not going to be the Angry Man this month. Just this once, since the world is falling off its axis, I’m going to be the Grateful Man. Because in spite of all that we have to be angry and scared about, we really are seeing the best of people coming through in these weird and unprecedented times. We’ve got a lot of thank yous to give. Thanks to the unparalleled saintliness of all in the National Health Service, working on the frontline to keep us safe and well. Thanks to all the people who are out there doing vital work to keep the wheels of normality turning – the delivery drivers, the waste collectors, the milkmen, everyone working in supermarkets and grocery stores, those keeping the electricity grid running so we’ve all got lights and essential lockdown Wi-Fi, the civil servants making sure the nuts-and-bolts of government still function, the workers keeping the water pure and the drains clear, the police, the firefighters, the coastguard, everyone who’s out there battling against terrifying circumstances. We’ll get through this. We’ll do it together. And soon I can be the Angry Man again – because the world is still annoying and full of stupid little aggravations. But right now, let’s pull together and make this all better. Stay safe. This is the one time in your life when you can make a difference simply by sticking the telly on and cracking open a beer. On the sofa. In your pants.