It has been a long time since I last blogged, not sure what happened really. It’s like my creativity or my drive to write went into self isolation for a few weeks and I couldn’t find the words to write. I think that my upcoming operation (which of course was cancelled) Jacob’s birthday followed by sorting out Evie’s 18th over ran and overwhelmed me, but strangely enough, in amongst all this madness, I feel calmer, more me, more focused, my husband even remarked that it was good to have me back.
We live in strange times indeed. What to say about the Corona virus that hasn’t already been said a thousand times over already? As far as I can tell people fall into one of three camps. The first are those who are racked with fear and anxiety, who struggle to cope with the disruption to their lives, not because of any selfish motive, but through difficulty dealing with change and the threat of illness, not always their own but members of their family. The second are the majority of the population who rightly feel a degree of anxiety over this whole situation but who listen to the advice given and follow it, considering others health, not just their own. These people will do what they can to help others, even if this means staying away from them. Then we look at the third group, you know these people, the ones that consider any limitations to their freedoms or civil liberties totally unacceptable. Those who believe that the rules to protect others do not apply to them. I am not talking about those who continue to try to work to feed their families, not because they want to, but because they have little choice. Hopefully this will be sorted soon to give these people security, no, I am talking about the people who have little regard for others or believe this is all a bit “over the top”
What does a pandemic show us? Well it shows us that there are no real borders, that actually we are all the same under the sun. Disease and illness doesn’t care where you were born or what you do or did for a living. I think what makes the corona virus so difficult to bear is that it targets the elderly and the vulnerable, the people that we should be caring for the most anyway. I believe a society will be judged on how it treats the vulnerable, surely after this we will be judged on how we protected them, cared for them, loved them or gave them dignity as they moved on.
Secondly it shows us that regardless of all our technological break throughs, our wonder at our own achievements as a species, our pride at how we have evolved, we are not in control here, nature, especially when we ignore her, has a way of letting us know that we are not in charge. For all we are, for all we have done, a virus can bring the world to its knees.
Diseases have always come and gone, some stick around a bit longer than others, it has fallen to this generation, like many before it, to deal with a new one. The history books will record and document the virus of 2020 and I am sure that all of us living through these days will never forget it, but in the distant future all this will just be a history lesson or a chapter in a book.
For the majority of us in isolation this is just an inconvenience. We are not in a war zone where we cannot leave our house for fear of losing our lives, where parents sing to their children to mask the sound of the falling bombs. Some will sadly lose loved ones, some will lose jobs and businesses. Many will show the bravery of a beautiful heart and will work in key jobs to keep the rest of the nation going or volunteer to help the needy in our communities, the rest of us who watch on in gratitude praying that these amazing souls will get the recognition they deserve.
So what will I do? Well like most I will try to keep myself busy. I will go to the shop when necessary, take my one allotted outside walk a day keeping two metres from others doing the same and as hard as it is I will not see my beloved friends and family. It’s funny how when you cannot see someone you long to see them even more. I have loved being in constant contact with everyone, I appreciate them more understanding that the freedom we normally enjoy is a gift not to be squandered. I do know that when all this is over, in hopefully the not too distant future, that I will be hugging all those I love and have not been able to see, and probably won’t let go of them for a while.
My prayer for you is that you stay safe and well, follow the guidelines and then hopefully, very soon, the streets will be full of people getting closer and being grateful for each other. That the feeling of thankfulness will last a long time, that we as a generation will not forget and will never take what we have for granted.