Imagine being summoned to an unfamiliar part of the country for the sole purpose of putting on a blue jersey and throwing around a footy.
Now, imagine having that purpose (the only thing that truly keeps you comfortable) ripped out from underneath you with no return date in sight.
That's the reality facing a host of Orange Hawks' imports as the Group 10 competition we know and love looks dangerously close to being put on ice for the remainder of the season.
And while it's important to not complain too much about what are truthfully first world problems, it's OK to empathise with some of the blokes sitting in Orange right now twiddling their thumbs.
Take Steven Widders for example.
The 25-year-old packed his bags and moved from Newcastle to a fairly unfamiliar town to play footy for the Orange Hawks... and now he can't even do that.
Throw Widders into a pile with Marcel Ikinofo, Tom Romer, Wayne Parker and John Taulaga, and you've got three fairly uncertain and uncomfortable Orange Hawks' recruits.
But it's not just the boys in blue who are facing these problems as there's a host of players from around the region who are living away from home and waiting for an answer on the short-term future of rugby league in the Central West.
By just talking to him, you can tell that Widders is a glass-half-full kind of bloke and he's not about to act like what he and many others are going through is the worst situation in the world, but it's certainly an inconvenience he and so many others could do without.
"It kind of sucks because I've travelled so far away from home to play footy and not knowing if you're going to play is what makes it hard. It's just frustrating that no one knows," Widders said.
"Everyone just wants an answer. You hear rumours that it's going to be canned but Willie [Heta] is hopeful that we're going to play but it's going to be later."
While we can't hold the lack of certainty against the powers that be, you just wish there was an answer coming, if not sooner rather than later.
That way blokes like Steven - and all of the region's rugby league imports - could make a decision that best suits themselves and their families.
Group 10 president Linore Zamparini is on the record saying there's a genuine chance we won't see any footy at any level in 2020.
"At the end of the day we might not end up playing rugby league this year, and that goes right up to the national level in NRL. It's certainly hurting there," he said last week.
As far as Widders goes, he's having a tricky time trying to figure out if he'll stay in Orange should the season be abandoned, and if he'll come back in 2021 to finish what he started.
"At this point I'll probably stick the season out, work and try to save some money," Widders said.
"A lot lot of Tinder as well, I reckon," he laughed.
And in all seriousness, Tinder probably isn't a bad bet. Same with Facebook, same with Instagram, same with YouTube.
As Piers Morgan said on Good Morning Great Britain on March 30, the only thing citizens are being asked to do is 'sit at home and watch telly'.
Not only does Widders back his Tinder game - and his ability to sit at home and watch telly - he's confident that if everyone keeps doing the right thing, there's a good chance Group 10 could be back on the park by June, just in time to play each side one time each.
"I'd love to get eight rounds in," he said.
"We'd still get to play and still get to see a game cheque."
"If the NRL gets to play I reckon we're a shot but there's been a lot of cancellations in Queensland so I'm not sure what's going to happen."
During a situation like this, you can't lose your perspective.
Yes, us sports fanatics are doing it tough.
Yes, the Group 10 imports who came from out-of-town are doing it tough.
But we can't lose sight of the fact that the issues we're talking about right now regarding a game that's played with an egg-shaped ball, are fairly trivial in the scheme of things.
Right now in our very backyard, we've got people getting sick and dying from coronavirus and while Widders knows the situation he's facing isn't ideal, he's not going to sit back and complain about it for hours on end when people's livelihoods are genuinely at risk.
"There's people doing it a lot tougher than us," he said.
If I may sinfully convert to the 15-man code - to a team that plays at Endeavour Oval - I'll lead you to a quote put forward by Orange Emus' five-eighth Jamil Khalfan, who's outlook is one all sports tragics should probably take a good look at.
"We're just a bunch of mates who are fortunate enough to throw the ball around a field a few times a week. This is a major health crisis and we are taking all the steps necessary to protect our at-risk population," he said.
To everyone from Steven Widders at Orange to Logan Afoa at Bathurst St Pat's... we are all pulling for you.
In addition to keeping fit, buying groceries and working your essential jobs (if you have them), follow the words of one British talk show host and you'll all be back on the paddock before you know it.
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