How does it feel to be in the middle of a global pandemic? 

The experience of hearing a news story about a new virus in China one day, to having it become a very real concern affecting your very own day-to-day life is something that many of us were prepared for, so it seems. 

In the last 24 hours I have received six personal messages to announce the cancellation of appointments and children’s clubs, I think there’s more to come. 

I feel a bit like I am inside a tent that someone is collapsing slowly from the outside. 

Walking the school run feels different. There are fewer cars around, everyone seems to be in less of a rush until you get to the supermarket. And when you get to the supermarket the empty shelves, the trays of food-less cardboard gives you an eerie feeling of impending doom.  We have all seen the tear-jerking photos of the elderly unable to get their essential shopping and it makes you question what kind of sub-humans this virus will turn us all into. Or will it? There has been a tremendous “all for one and one for all” mentality stirring amongst the masses. Will this be the intervention we all needed to realise what “Be Kind” really means? We are encouraged to look after the vulnerable, the able and healthy amongst us will rally around to ensure they have the necessary supplies to make it through this. Big business supporting little business, the well-off supporting the less fortunate. Keeping each others’ spirits up and finally realizing that we are all just humans trying to survive. I hope so. 

As we all try to make sense of this unprecedented situation my heart is breaking for those that will lose their livelihood in the height of all this, and even more so for those that have or will perhaps lose loved ones. It makes me feel sick. But, we can only control our own actions. We all have a duty of care to ourselves and each other and to be sensible and responsible. Financially, without a doubt, many will suffer. I hope measures are introduced to help prevent people from falling into too much debt over the forthcoming difficulties. 

What brings me so much happiness is the positivity and optimism that it has brought out of people. The fighting spirit, the forward planning, empathy, and understanding. I really do feel like we are all in this together. 

How do we survive this? We support each other. We slow down and take stock of our situation day by day. I am so proud to be part of a community of women who have vowed to help each other and to have friends and family who I can be open with about my highs and lows as they come. The virus can’t take away our sense of humour, our ability to love each other, our desire to have fun and laugh. (Can it? I don’t claim to be a medical expert… ) 

If we do go into lockdown, I will make sure my children have a routine in place throughout the day so we can find a new normal while everything around us is uncertain. My son is type 1 diabetic, so I am always conscious of his health at the best of times so I will be protecting the children as much as possible. We will have time to reconnect and be grateful for our blessings. And, let’s be honest, I will probably have a few Facetime GnT’s with friends!!  From the business side of things, I will continue to work, I work from home anyway and my clients need me now more than ever. I’m lucky enough to have become friends with most of them, and I am happy to do my bit to help them through a tough time. If things grind to a halt, I will pick it back up when we are all back in a better place. 

So, in March I can already say “Heres’ to 2020”.  The year we learned some valuable lessons about what is important. The year we learned that if you can’t be kind, at least don’t be a d**k. 

“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do. Courage is one step ahead of fear. Remember it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.”


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