Wednesday, September 11, 2019
We all have different thoughts about luxury; for some it is expensive clothes, pampering at spas, yachts and big mansions. Others consider fine food and wines, Still others consider the possibility of being debt free and owning their own home. Having a secure job and access to health care and nutritious food matters for others. I luxuriate because of the latter reasons; debt free, home ownership, family doctor with nearby hospital and reliable access to healthy food.
BUT, that can all change quickly and so does one's definition of luxury.
In the aftermath of Dorian I now add a new list of luxury items:
1) clean, drinkable water
2) foodstuffs that do not require refrigeration
3) sources of light and heat
4) comfort centres that may also provide shelter
5) neighbourly support
Dorian came and went, left most of us in the dark here in Nova Scotia for at least three days but some folks will have to wait much longer for power. No one perished because of the storm but lives have been hugely impacted by loss of infrastructure (wharfs, fishing boats, orchard damage and building damage for some). We have much luxury despite that and only have to view images of the Bahamas to realize our good fortune.
The hurricane season is not over and like the earlier fire season in other areas this should be a wake up call for all of us to heed and prepare for the next time.