As the old Kenny Rogers song goes, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.”
These words quite accurately characterize the scenario that ultimately led me and Ginger to rescheduled our European ’Tracing the Steps 2020 Tour’, due to the coronavirus and its potential implications.
While I do appreciate and respect that some people are still pushing forward with their travel plans, I’ve made the choice to weather the storm and stay safe.
The coronavirus (COVID-19), was first reported in China and, well, you know the rest of the story.
People are quarantined, travel is restricted, some cruises have waited off the coast with confirmed cases, the virus has spread, deaths are sadly in the thousands, states of emergency are being enacted, countries are being locked down, big events are being cancelled, unanswerable questions are being posed, tension continues to grow and anxiety levels are rising by the day.
We are now two months into this predicament and there are as many interrogative sentences as there are declarative ones!
I, like most others, have become concerned and proactive. We currently have become professional hand washers and hand sanitizers. We looked warily at people sneezing or coughing. We avoided big crowds. We open doors with our sleeves and pushed buttons with our knuckles. Some people, not Brian, are purchasing face masks and stocking up on basic foodstuff. You know, just in case. Everyone seems to be following the news and advisories – but with all that said, it still wasn’t enough to make the call on this year’s tour.
As the outbreak went on to spread from its center of origin throughout our global community, I realized about a month ago that our tour was in jeopardy.
The days came and went and I put our 2020 tour into a mental holding pattern. I didn’t want to either overreact or dismiss the obvious – so, Ginger and I waited.
I very much hope/hoped – for everyone’s sake – that the spread of the virus would somehow abate, that the crisis and its accompanying fear would lessen and that calm would follow the storm.
However, over the weekend, the equation continued to tilt toward scrubbing our own personal mission.
We are both sad and relieved with our decision to postpone our European ’Tracing the Steps 2020 Tour’. I’m very sad that the situation exists, but relieved that I may have abated our exposure and vulnerability by hunkering down for a bit. I am not postponing out of knee-jerk panic, but rather with an abundance of caution and an ounce or two or three of prevention. Given all factors, for myself, it was the right call.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay tuned.
By Brian Nadon
The Principal Mission of Our Global Tour is to Learn While Increasing Ptsd Awareness
While touring the Vatic Foundation will collect donations. The donations collected will bolster the recovery and transition of a bedraggled life to one brimming with fulfilment, contingency, and appreciation.
What to Remember
After surviving a traumatic event, individuals have Ptsd like symptoms. For example, obsessive thoughts and replaying the trauma in their mind. They may also experience fear, anxiety, anger, depression, or even guilt. All are normal reactions. Getting help may impede normal stress reactions from progressing into Ptsd.
Support From The Community
The Vatic Foundation places confidence in communities and significant efficacy for all individuals who are living with Ptsd. Our community assistance seeks to guide survivors with an empathetic hand, emphasizing you no longer need to turn to unhealthy coping methods to recover - coping techniques which later in life can result in family and employment issues.
The Vatic Foundation is committed to helping trauma survivors to get back on their feet. Always remember, "you're never alone."
11,000 km’s - 24 States - A World of Gratitude
Our 2019 tour throughout the USA was more than a learning experience, it was an eye-opener. During the USA tour we raised $8,500.
What we do together, our message we share, the love we receive, the uniqueness of this tour was only possible because of you. Thank you to everyone who allows us to listen, learn, and offer our message to gain trust within a battered community. You make our world better by being you and Ginger and Brian love you all.
Keep smiling! Brian
WE ALREADY CYCLED 8,000KM ACROSS CANADA
The Golden Tour awareness campaign started June 5th, 2018, in Charlottetown, PEI and finished September 22nd, 2018, in Victoria, British Columbia. Together Brian Nadon and Ginger-Bella cycled 8,000 km.
The Golden Tour was one of the VATIC Foundation's primary fundraising and awareness campaigns.
During the tour, we raised $17,500.
With enough passion, a few million Golden paw prints, hard work, and your support, we will finish this world tour in 2021
Your contributions will enable us to support mental health and provide a means to end trauma-related illness through awareness, compassion, and cycling.
Cycling gives trauma survivors the ability to recover at their own pace.
Volunteers solely operate the Vatic Foundation.