Watching the news updates on the global pandemic, and even seeing the local news reports here in New York is absolutely heartbreaking, and for many…scary.

People fighting for their lives on respirators, and yet way too many losing that fight.

I don’t know the statistics at present, it must be hard enough just taking the count of the dead and placing them into makeshift morgues.

But I can only guess, as previously mentioned in my earlier posts, that many have age to underlying health issues that have weakened their fight.

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Fight it!

We’re all part of a lifestyle today where unhealthy food is plentiful and cheap, and seems to be placed in easily accessible locations such as drive ins for example.

Every one of us can help ourselves right now during lockdown, by simply looking at ourselves in the mirror to begin with, and being brutally honest.

Ask yourselves some “sobering” questions: Do I drink too much? Do I eat a healthy balanced diet? Do I smoke? Is my lifestyle conducive to fighting through this virus? Am I in a good place mentally to get through this? Do I have a plan, am I putting things into perspective? Am I an asset or a hindrance right now?

My own honest answer to some of those questions was a wake up call.

I’m 65 now, and in the zone for perhaps being hit hard if I contract the virus.

I’m pretty fit already for my age, but I decided there and then, to use this “lockdown” to get even fitter, stronger,  cleaner, happier, and overall healthier…not only to fight this virus, but the next one that hits, the next one after that, and the next one after that…

We’re all in uncharted waters today, whether we have underlying health issues caused through a genetically inherited disease, or just letting things slip over the years.

There are never any guarantees in life, but staying a step ahead certainly helps.

Turn your bedsit, apartment, or house into a 12 week or so health farm, whether you’re alone or as a family, whether you have 6ft of ground space, or 6 acres.

Our governments reacted way too late, whether local, State or Fed…and whether in the USA, UK or elsewhere. Even today the “experts” are disagreeing with each other to the best way forward. Health v economy…it’s a really tough call. As in the long term there could end up being more casualties due to the economy heading south and individuals losing jobs by the minute.

I’m not into a blame game for this scenario, because I’ve spent way too long living through conflict, and blame can never change what’s already happened.

What we all need to do though, is learn, learn, learn.

I know, that at the end of the day, it’s all about being proactive.

“Self, family, tribe…self, family, tribe…” I’ve had this drummed into me by tough individuals who have had a lifetime of war in places that the person on the street in Western society would never want to face.

I’ve learnt heaps from these words. Self and family is self explanatory, but tribe to me is my friends and neighbours.

I know for a fact that when things get tough, we’re all on our own. These are very early days, where will we all be this time next year, when the virus has returned, perhaps multiple times? Virus v economy is a massive test of individual priority already…again, where will those priorities be in a year?

We have to help and keep an eye on one another, and we all need to remain calm with a realistic plan. Because right now, even with many professional responders going down with the virus, every day…there are less and less police, fire and ambulance on the streets. My thoughts head towards what this could all lead to if the present trend continues into weeks and months!

Never in my lifetime have we needed each other more…but ultimately help yourself to fight this before helping anyone else…otherwise you may well be in the same position as way too many at present, and not being able to help anyone any more.

Published by: bobshepherdauthor

Bestselling author Bob Shepherd has spent nearly forty years operating in conflict areas around the world. A twenty year veteran of Britain’s elite 22 SAS Regiment with nearly two decades of private security work to his credit, Bob has successfully negotiated some of the most dangerous places on earth as a special forces soldier and a private citizen. Bob comments regularly on security issues and has appeared on CNN International, BBC, SKY News, and BBC Radio. He has also authored numerous articles and books including the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller The Circuit. In addition to writing and lecturing, Bob continues to advise individuals operating in hostile environments. For more of his insights on security and geopolitics visit

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4 thoughts on “FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE”

  1. It is indeed scary times. Very uncertain, and if you make the mistake of watching the new s late at night – very tiring! Absolutely spot on – it is a time to reassess our lives, and use this lockdown time as a positive too. Not easy all the time. Being in a rural village makes walking easier, but it’s also about planning meals around heat you have/what you can get easily, rather than the all too common buying additional items/going to the chippy etc.
    It’s also brought out the community spirit, unseen kindness, gratitude for the simple things in life. This may make us more appreciative of of what we do have, and less materialistic. It’s given us time – time to do all these things we never get round to. Maybe! Our houses will be cleaner/more organised, gardens immaculate. More time to read. More time for writers to write. Like a sequel to The Infedel….

  2. Bob take it on the chin buddy… no body cares about your family more than yourself right now.
    The bulldog in your clip doesnt look that concerned but in my case as a 70 year old Kiwi and long term resident of Cebu City I fully comprehend your situation. 100% agree that too many so called average folks out there are borderline obes…sadly now e
    We have been given a dramatic reminder that a strong immune system and healthy body the key to surviving this cutrent shite…Corona virus is not going away… its here to stay so we need to adapt likewise. Sad to hear NY taking the heat right now…here in the PI we are 2 weeks into the lockdown and no way as well prepared to get through this… but the strong will survive.
    I am confident I will be one of those… insha’allah

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