I was hesitant to publish this but after reading Jeff’s post, I decided to add my voice to all the coronavirus chatter already out there. As Jeff pointed out, we’re all dealing with this situation in our own unique ways. And writing is a brilliant way to cope with new challenges.
The COVID-19 global pandemic is currently bringing the world to a quarantined standstill and ‘normal’ life is changing frighteningly fast. In this age of 24/7 news, it’s easy to get caught up in the panic and mistake selfishness for survival instinct, or denial with level-headedness. Even though I understand the fear behind those behaviours, I find it increasingly difficult to excuse hoarders and those who refuse to follow the recommendations for social distancing.
For my own sanity’s sake, I decided to cut down on social media and focus on hope.
want have to believe that things like this happen for a reason and that it’ll spark positive changes. Already, life is slowing down and many of us are going back to basics with home-cooked meals, walks in the countryside (please, be sensible) and quality time with our loved ones. People are looking out for each other, encouraging local businesses whenever possible and realising the importance of all those ‘unskilled’ workers. And since the ban on non-essential travel, our air is actually getting cleaner!
I’m not trying to romanticise the situation – I’m aware of how fortunate I am to be able to carry on almost as normal whilst many are risking their lives – but I wonder if it would really be so bad for some of these changes to stick?
The UK is officially on lockdown as of today, which is both terrifying and a massive relief (maybe stricter guidelines and the threat of substantial fines will finally convince people to stay at home). The next few months will certainly be challenging and anxiety-inducing for most of us – compassion is more important than ever – but in the meantime, be safe.
And don’t forget to wash your hands!