Worried About Coronavirus? Life Has a 100% Death Rate

How to cope with things you can’t cope with (including pandemics).

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

We’re living in intense times.


1. Dealing with death

“I’m not afraid of death; I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” ― Woody Allen

Let’s begin with some hard facts.


2. Coping with grief and loss

“You will lose someone you can’t live without, and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up.”
―Anne Lamott

Related to the last point, losing people we love is another part of human life that requires super-human strength.


3. Vulnerability

“Real dishes break. That’s how you know they’re real.”― Marty Rubin

We — homo sapiens — are the only living members of our human lineage. Our species will also survive this current pandemic, just as it did with previous ones.

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity.”



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Berenike Schriewer, Ph.D.

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Work You Love Coach. Free stuff → https://bit.ly/2sr99Kb | US-based German & global citizen. Overly fond of green tea. Ph.D. (Law). Formerly: BigLaw, academia.

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Medium’s Millennial Career and Life Advice Publication. We discuss our post-grad blues, successes, failures, and everyday life right here. Featuring topics related to work, relationships, travel, finances, and so much more.

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