My Thoughts Since March
In March 2020 our world as we knew it changed. The coronavirus made an impact on our life that was both both shocking and distressing. The speed at which it took hold was frightening and without question the most traumatic event that the world has lived through in recent times. And yet, in spite of it all, I have seen evidence that individuals are starting to assess their life for the better.
Of course, not one of us can fail to have been moved by our wonderful workers at the NHS. They are the epitome of angels without wings as they battle to win the war against the Coronavirus, as well as saving lives with non-virus medical issues. Surely we will never take for granted again, the large number of key workers who work long hours protecting individuals and the country during this difficult time. The doctors, nurses, paramedics, cleaners, porters, medical admin staff, police, firefighters, armed forces, delivery drivers, refuse collectors, supermarket workers, postworkers, milk delivery workers, farmers, teachers, care workers and our many volunteers that have made our lives more bearable. We thank them publicly and in our hearts, but more importantly perhaps this crisis will teach us that we should ALWAYS appreciate all they do, regardless of what is going on in our world.
As most of us were trapped in our house on lockdown, those shopping days of buying fast fashion suddenly became irrelevant, as we looked inside our wardrobes crammed with more than enough clothes. Do we really need so many shoes? And how many handbags can one women want just to carry round a few essentials?
As we struggled with long queues at supermarkets and food shortages, is it time we started looking at how much food we waste? Will we start to be more aware of how we use food in the kitchen, so we can make more efficient use of foodstuffs? Can we find other ways to become more sustainable by growing our own basic food? As the weather turns warmer and we head towards the summer, more people (including me) are looking at growing vegetables at home, aiming to become more self-sufficient. I have started growing vegetables in my small garden and I am thoroughly enjoying it. I know it is something I will keep doing long after this crisis has passed.
The crisis has brought the small local business to the forefront of everyone’s mind, as we see local shops staying open, working all hours to help bring food to the plates of local residents. Our gratitude will surely result in more of us using these local shops long after this crisis has abated. After all, it is the least we can do to say thank you for their herculean efforts during this difficult time. We can choose to spend our hard-earned money supporting these small businesses to show them that we really do care.
Now we are allowed to walk more each day, I wonder if people will start to appreciate our beautiful country much more. We are all guilty of taking our surroundings for granted as we rush through our busy day. But I think this restriction will make people more mindful of what we do have and perhaps this will lead to a true thankfulness of nature and the natural world.
Once this lockdown is lifted and the danger has passed, I hope people will look around them and take time to explore their local area. To be able to walk in freedom amongst nature is a precious gift and now, more than ever, surely this will encourage changes in the way we treat the natural world. Our world should be treasured and cocooned from anything that threatens to destroy it. It is in our power to protect our world and after this crisis is over, we should do everything we can to make sure we treat it with respect and love.
What many of us have right now is time. The lockdown has given most of us time away from work and the usual stresses of life to assess what we want to do in life. A crisis always brings out the best in people as we struggle to deal with the horror that lies before us. Maybe it is time to look at ways to change our life for the better. Perhaps we have been ignoring niggling health issues or perhaps we are still working at a job that only brings us heartache and poor mental health.
My biggest hope is that the world starts to be more kind to others and to support those that are less fortunate than ourselves. As the community rallies round during this crisis, let’s hope that this positive spirit lasts long after we have heard the last of this virus. As the world sits in turmoil, let us look for positives and how we all can make the world a better place.
Take care and stay safe.