It’s been a few weeks since my last blog and it’s been a time of Lock down. I’m not sure I’ve ever used the phrase before and now it’s part of my everyday discourse. Lock down in the UK mainly involves, only leaving the house to exercise (once a day), to get groceries (only if really necessary), to work (if you can’t work at home) and to help someone that is vulnerable. No non-essential travel and absolutely no socialising with family or friends, unless it’s online or on the phone.
I think most people would agree that it’s been strange, unsettling, surreal, worrying, lonely & various other adjectives, and at this present time there is no definitive end in sight, which is the scariest part. Most of us like certainty, order, routine. We like to plan, have something to look forward to, but our current situation offers none of these.
A lot of us don’t know when we will go back to work, school, university. Businesses aren’t sure what the market will be like when we press play and resume “normal” life again. It is a worrying time and yet it could be a turning point for a lot of us. We often look back fondly to our childhood when we lived simpler lives and we’re doing that now (albeit with more technology).
We’re not able to go on holiday or away for weekends, we’re barely allowed to cross the County border. So we’re finding pleasure in the simplest things like going for a walk, listening to the birds, noticing the flowers and hopefully when this is all over we will remember what it was like to salvage something sacred from a truly worrying time.
We won’t moan about not being able to go on that 2 week luxury holiday or buy the latest car/fashions/phone, we’ll remember how lucky we are to be able to leave the house and go to the pub or for a parkrun or even to work.
That is what is keeping me going, the thought that this is happening for an important reason and that reason is that we finally know what matters most in this life – our freedom. Because now that it has been taken away, it’s a bit like being on a rudderless boat with no land in sight.