The year was 2018.
The internet had exploded, and in a matter of months we were witnessing an unprecedented wave of terror attacks and mass shootings.
The deadliest one, the attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others.
The president was already on the rampage and his party was struggling to maintain a semblance of unity.
And there was still no official death toll for the mass shooting in Dallas, Texas.
That didn’t stop people from thinking that they could just roll up their sleeves and get the hell out of here.
The media had already given them hope.
It was a perfect storm, with both parties having their respective coronavirus outbreaks and both having a major crisis of faith.
And they were both on the verge of falling apart.
So what happened?
So how did we get here?
I had a lot of good advice to give you.
I’ve been in this business since the dawn of time, so I can tell you from experience that we are all doomed.
You are all going to die.
But I want you to have the wisdom to get through it.
So what are you going to do?
You will do whatever you can to avoid the pain and uncertainty of this moment.
It’s going to take a lot more than just walking away.
You have to do something, even if you’re scared.
You’re going to have to make a commitment to yourself to get out of bed every morning.
You’ll have to walk away from the world.
You will be alone.
And you will be so far away from your friends and family that they will probably forget that you’re alive.
You can’t get to them.
You might not even make it home.
It’s a big risk, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn and to grow.
So make the commitment.
Do whatever you need to do to avoid this crisis.
You don’t have to wait until the day you die.
I know you’ll make it.
You know that it’s a great place to live, and it’s probably one of the safest places in the world right now.
I don’t know if you’ll be able to get back to it, but you might as well take it.
It’ll be better for you and for the world than not getting to it.
And maybe even better than the other way around.
So here’s what you can do: Make a plan to leave the house and to do whatever it takes to avoid getting sick and dying.
Don’t stop thinking about how you can avoid the next outbreak.
Don´t think about how long you can stay home or how much money you have left.
Just make a plan.
Make a plan that you can stick to.
Do what you have to.
If you want to get your friends, family and co-workers out of your life, you should start thinking about doing that now.
You need to be thinking about it now.
Make the commitment to make it a priority.
Make it a big priority.
I am not saying to just take a nap.
I’m not saying you can get away with it.
I do want to encourage you to get the help you need.
But just make the plan.
If it’s really that important to you, make a life plan and put it in writing.
Write it down.
Make an appointment.
Write down your life goals.
Do the math.
Do this every day.
And if it still doesn’t work, make it work by living a little bit more and working harder.
You may need a lot.
But that’s the way to live.
Make your life more meaningful.
Make life meaningful by making it more important to make the decision to leave and not stay home.
You deserve that.
And I hope you will do it.