What’s wrong with that guy?

What’s wrong with that guy?

Jonathan Arenburg
Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan is a mental health blogger, published author, and speaker. He has appeared in numerous newspapers and has been a guest on many podcasts.

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You hear it often nowadays: “We are living in different times.” I hear this often from people when they are doing their best to avoid getting too close (thank you, COVID-19). It’s one of the truer statements one makes in this era of deception and fake news.

Unfortunately, one of humanity’s fundamental flaws, besides being easily led a-stray, is complacency. Take my corner of the world, for example: we have experienced a really low number of cases of the virus. It’s true that our governments have done a great job of keeping us safe but it’s ultimately up to the people to hold the line and do what needs to be done. If not, we risk a major health crisis here too.

Yet, I see more and more people blatantly and foolishly disregarding what needs to be done. This is especially true of the young. With an uptick in cases across Canada, we must do better. Please, if you’re not an infectious-disease specialist, don’t make your own conclusions about how transmission happens.


For example, because your area might have low numbers or even zero cases, doesn’t mean that we can lower our guards. Remember, COVID-19 came all the way from China and infected the world in a matter of months. Months! Also, just because you are young, doesn’t somehow exempt you from contracting or spreading it, so WEAR A MASK!


Well, nothing really, except that when I am sitting in a busy café and more than half of the customers are walking in without masks, I go into disaster mode. I saw an even higher percentage of kids not wearing a mask either.

Right or wrong, my blood boiled ever hotter with more and more bare-faced people walking through the door. I tried to contain the PTSD range, I really did, but alas, my experience of watching people die slowly with pneumonia overtook me. Finally, I jumped up out of my seat and yelled, “Where the Fu** are your masks?”

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One young person admitted she didn’t even have one. Sadly, but not surprisingly, my displeasure was met with smiles and laughter. I didn’t care then, and I don’t care now. I felt panicked and not safe. In fact, the more complacency sets in with folks, the more unsafe I feel – not only for myself, but for all those whose are immune systems are compromised. I bet instead of them considering the validity of my concerns, they probably thought “What’s wrong with that guy?”

Let’s see, What’s wrong with that guy? Humm, well, PTSD, a mental disorder that I earned with distinction, that’s what. I want to spend the rest of my days painful and death-free. A tall order I know, but it’s a panic-driven concern that can send me in to a fit of anger. It really is bigger than me sometimes.

If my own mental history weren’t enough, the accumulation of recklessness on behalf of my fellow human beings can send me to a point of no return. I really do hate it, but sometimes it will rear its ugly head.

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So, if you ever see someone “losing it” on someone – especially over something like mask- wearing and/or other legit safety concerns, don’t ask, “What’s wrong with that guy?” Instead, ask yourself, “What has he been through? And is what he is angry about, valid?

Please, be safe and I beg you, please think of others…. Take care!

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Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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