A Living Hell

Recently someone I work with gave their two week notice.
Indicating that working in a place where a mask had to be worn during their shift was a living hell for them.
I was a little taken aback when I saw the notice.
And certainly happy that I had not been the one to have to accept her resignation because Jay’s smartass mouth would have certainly gone off without the brain participating.
I am not going to go into the reasons why I could have told her what a living hell really looks like.
K too was furious after reading it.
She was also happy to have not read it while said person was still in front of her or like me something would have been said.
Where I can get away with it to an extent now, she cannot.
As with myself K has gone through a lot in her life.
If she and I were to sit down and write out our histories most would think that only this much could happen to one person in a movie.
But it is not true.
These things can happen to people who live every day ordinary lives.
I think too it shows the entitlement of people these days.
In Afghanistan there is terror.
In Afghanistan there is death.
There are going to be beatings.
There are going to be public whippings.
There are going to be violent murders.
All of this is going to play out, washing the world’s plains in blood.
To me this is indicative of a living hell.
Living every second in terror.
Knowing that each breath you take may be your last.
Your children’s.
Your spouse’s.
I cannot even begin to imagine the agony of fear that the Afghan people are feeling because I will never have to live under that type of regime.
Residential schools and their perpetrators of a wealth of abuses.
Belittled for speaking your language.
Beaten for tears.
Sexualized for perverse beings who then discarded you like garbage.
Buried in unmarked graves for decades.
And to this day the catholic church has still failed to meet its monetary obligations.
It failed to meet the moral ones and continues to do so with the intricate dance of finger pointing and ‘doing all we can’ attitude.
More hell to be lived through.
Not for a year.
Not for ten.
Not for twenty.
But a lifetime of pain.
A lifetime of addiction and cycles of abuse that still continue to this day.
Life really needs to be put into perspective for some people.
©Aug. 25/21
Picture is my own

Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

A single hard working mom of a soon to be teenage son. A poet and story teller I have wanted to write since I was a child. This space is where I share stories about myself and my life and the creative poetry that stirs my soul. My hope is you will pull up a chair and a cup of coffee delving into the world that I offer and you find simple enjoyment for a few moments. Welcome to The Wonderful & Wacky World of One Single Mom

9 thoughts on “A Living Hell”

  1. I am lucky, I don’t have irrational panic attacks when something touches my face so I can wear a face covering
    I don’t have ophidiophobia so am able to happily touch/interact with snakes
    I’m not keen on spiders or insects but am not reduced to a quivering wreck through arachnophobia or entomophobia…but would never, ever, go on “I’m a celebrity get me out of here”
    I do have claustrophobia though and an overwhelming, irrational fear of becoming stuck in tight places so cannot ever do spelunking no matter how much I would love to be able to do so, instead I’m restricted to enjoying the wonders of wandering around show caves in comfort no matter how much I would love to be able to crawl or swim or dive into unseen caverns that I can only enjoy from others photographs.
    I don’t have the terrors when something covers my face, feeling that it restricts my breathing (even though my rational mind tries to tell me that it doesn’t) regardless of how much I want to wear it because I know it could help save my life and that of my family….I have a couple of colleagues who do though and I fully support their statutory exemption from wearing a face covering, I would hate to be in their shoes if forced to wear a mask just as much as I would hate to be in Kabul or anywhere else in Afghanistan right now.

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    1. I completely understand that there are those out there who are unable to wear masks due to health/mental health reasons. Just as there are those who are unable to be vaccinated. I am more talking about her sense of entitlement. My health region has the lowest vaccine uptake numbers wearing a face covering (and we even have face shields so that a person did not have to wear mask or a clear one like a lower mouth on a halloween mask) that for her wearing a mask to protect others was a living hell. I was pointing out mask wearing is not a hell, there are by far worse events that could be occurring in her life.

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  2. You really have to wonder how coddled and sheltered some people’s lives are. I have seen so many examples of this during the pandemic. When you compare our current situation to what people suffered in wartime, and what many suffer today, nothing that has been asked of us is unreasonable.

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    1. Absolutely agree with you. I have taken to pointing out how lucky we are not to live in Japan where they have been using masks since the 1950″s. Some people look at me like so what others it sometimes penetrates their brains.

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