I Feel Bad For…

I feel bad for the minimum of 111,652 people who have died worldwide as a result of succumbing to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

I feel bad for those among the 1,773,084 people who have been confirmed with contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus and have had their health compromised as a result.

I feel bad for the family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances of the aforementioned people.

I feel bad for the millions of people who have inadequate health insurance — or no health insurance at all.

I feel bad for the countless health care workers who are compromising their health by working long hours with virtually no rest — and little pay — to help those who are in need.

I feel bad for the tens of millions of people around the world who have suddenly lost their livelihoods — whether they are jobs or businesses —and suddenly have no funds or resources which they so desperately need.

I feel bad for the millions of people who are working harder for only a fraction of their pay.

I feel bad for people who enjoy travel whose minimum age is 65 years old or whose immunity systems are compromised, as the chance that they may never be able to travel again increased significantly in recent weeks due to being more vulnerable to contracting the 2019 Novel Coronavirus — as well as cities, states, countries, and territories closing off their borders for the foreseeable future.

I feel bad for those who are forced to be sheltered at home in abusive situations.

I feel bad for students who are missing out on a proper education.

I feel bad for people who will never experience a lifetime milestone for which they were looking forward: a graduation, a prom, or some other event or achievement.

I feel bad for anyone who is — through no fault of his or her own — the unfortunately recipient of lack of courtesy and unnecessary rudeness from others during this pandemic.

I feel bad for people who normally thrive on being in a social environment and have had that experience being taken away from them.

I feel bad for citizens of government entities whose leadership overstepped their bounds under the guise of safety — and are therefore forced to comply with bad decisions based on misinformation, with a perceived loss of freedom as a result.

I feel bad for politicians whose greater priority and concern is their legacies over the needs of their constituents.

I feel bad for those souls who genuinely want to help as much as possible but are powerless to do so.

I feel bad for me if I have missed any group of people who should be included on this list; and if I did miss anyone, please add them in the Comments section below so that I may edit this article.

Photograph ©2009 by Brian Cohen.

8 thoughts on “I Feel Bad For…”

  1. NB_ga says:

    This. All this.

    Now let’s hope we can get back to a functioning society sooner rather than later.

  2. derek says:

    I feel bad for people who did stupid things and contracted Covid-19. Even though they may be at fault, it is still unfortunate.

  3. DaninMCI says:

    I feel bad for first-time Grandparents who cannot hold their new grandchildren.
    I feel bad for people who die during this time and cannot have a proper funeral with friends and family together.
    I feel bad those who are so terrified of the outdoor air they don’t leave their home, even alone.
    I feel bad for marriages that will fall apart because of the stress involved with the current pandemic lockdown.
    I feel bad for people who become more addicted to self-medicating via alcohol, drugs, porn, etc. during this time.
    I feel bad for the 11,000 babies that are killed through abortion weekly in the USA that no one seems to notice.
    I feel bad for travel agents that are terribly overworked trying to fix reservations right now while seeing their job or entire small business fail before their eyes.
    I feel bad for those that are trying to find a new job but are being told that there is a hiring freeze or that the interview went great but they won’t be making any decisions until at least July.
    I feel bad for the staff at unemployment offices that are trying to handle the influx in calls, crashing websites and have few weapons to help.
    I feel bad for those that shame others for trying to maintain a healthy outlook by going for a walk, a drive or simply walking alone on a deserted beach.
    I feel bad for those that think a mask made out of plain cloth will help them.
    I feel bad for doordash, grubhub, etc. drivers that are risking their lives to deliver food only to be abused by customers.
    I feel bad for those that have a need to worship corporately at church but have to make due with internet feeds of those services.
    I feel bad for the homeless that can’t help themselves and are not able to get the help they need.
    I feel bad for the sick in hospitals that suffer and maybe even die alone.
    I feel bad for those that are suffering from depression.
    I feel bad for people who are so blinded by hate that they blame everything bad on other people, politicians, etc.
    I sometimes feel bad for myself as I fall into some of the areas in my comment or in this blog post.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      That is a great list, DaninMCI.

      I could not improve upon it if I tried…

    2. Barry Graham says:

      I love this list too.

  4. Steve says:

    I feel bad for the people who were left without a $1200 stimulus check who are unemployed, but made to much last year to qualify for one.

    1. Barry Graham says:

      Steve, I feel that one! I also feel sorry for those that rushed to do their tax returns, who could have qualified for the stimulus check had they delayed filing this year and been measured on 2018 income.

  5. Barry Graham says:

    Brian knows what this means so the parenthesis are for others. My father died in October. I feel bad for those people like my father that can’t have Kaddish (the memorial prayer that is said for them for 11 months after burial) said for them because their sons or others saying Kaddish can’t be part of a Minyan (10 Jewish men) at Synagogue or other services. I feel sorry for those that cannot have visits in their homes (such as Shiva) if they have lost close relatives recently. I also feel sorry for those people of any religion that have recently lost relatives that can’t have a full memorial service.

    I don’t feel sorry for those that have died (other than for the pain they went through) because they are now in a better place and enjoying the reward for all their good deeds in this life. It’s always harder for the ones left behind, whom I do feel sorry for.

    I also feel sorry for those that lost their jobs before COVID-19 but who are now struggling to find jobs because of COVID-19. I also feel sorry for those that are using COVID-19 as an excuse to stop trying to look for a job when there are still opportunities out there.

    Finally, I feel sorry for those that don’t believe this is all happening for a Reason, even though it’s impossible for most of us especially me to fathom out what that reason could be.

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