Entire nations are on lockdown, restaurants are empty, plans are cancelled, and families are staying home. It is difficult to think we would end up here a few months into the new year. The year gave us a sense of completeness, it promised only good things to come, perhaps even a cultural boom like the Roaring Twenties. The start of this new decade, however, has been a bumpy ride to say the least. We’ve had to face WWIII threats, climate change bush fires, and now a deadly, worldwide viral outbreak.
As we all know, the Internet has offered us interesting ways of coping with difficult circumstances. My favorite one, however, is humor. People have been making videos, tweets, Facebook, and Instagram posts that have delivered a much-needed chuckle across the nation, nay, around the world!
I have personally found myself laughing and realizing that I am not alone. It was comforting, but this coping mechanism has garnered some backlash from many. Dissidents claim that the COVID-19 outbreak is nothing to laugh about, many lives have been lost, how dare we laugh! The Associated Press published an article that stated psychologists and humorists recommend we laugh during times of trouble—that is, as long as it is in good taste. Experts say laughter is a method of survival to sustain our sanity, a symbol of hope. So much of the comedy as well as the comedians we’ve come to appreciate find laughter in their pain and some of the darkest aspects of their lives. We have seen people do so many irrational things such as buy toilet paper and other cleaning supplies in bulk. So, in a way, laughing is not only a method of survival, but a way to correct behavior as well. It has deterred the horrifying panic so many were inclined to pursue.
If we fail to laugh through the pain, everything becomes a little bit more difficult than it has to be. So, without further ado, here are some hand-picked memes about the viral outbreak by yours truly. I hope and pray that you find some comfort, solace, and most importantly, a little bit of laughter in these as you survive the pandemic.
Let the memes begin!
I think this is one we can all universally relate to. We do not like the quality of services this year has to offer and would like to end our subscription to 2020.
Fashion is more fluid than ever; I can see our government officials and celebrities rocking these. Why not us?
We love our vegan brothers and sisters, but we had to giggle at this one!
This game has never been easier!
…and now, a moment of silence for all the parents that have involuntarily been charged with homeschooling their children. You will not be forgotten.
Where are my introverts?! (Hint: Real introverts won’t respond). Did you pass the test?
Man’s best friend doing what it does best. Train your dog to grocery shop today!
Ha! Air pod who?
Proof of MJ’s lyrical prowess wouldn’t you say? I can’t help but sing the song in my head. Whoever came up with this one, a bow to you my lady/good sir!
Finally, my favorite! I don’t think there is a better depiction of what has been happening this year thus far. For the poor souls who have not yet witnessed the magnificence of this episode: The Office, Season 5: Episode 14 “Stress Relief: Part 1.” You are so very welcome.