It’s the end of week 7 and I’m still on the lockdown rollercoaster – an inspired and content few days here, a frustrated and bored few days there. Anyone else know what I’m talking about? I can safely say that for me, this has been the most difficult week so far. We all appear to have reached the end of our tethers at the same time, resulting in friction and a few raised voices.
Our eldest daughter celebrated her birthday without us on Friday and although we spoke to her briefly online in the morning, it wasn’t the same. I found it hard not to be baking her a cake or putting up the traditional banner and balloons. I hope that in the not too distant future, we will be able to take her out for a family meal and she can open the presents that are gathering dust.
Of course Friday was also VE Day – 75 years since World War II ended. I have to admit to being wound up by the hype the media stirred around this day. Remembering and honouring, yes (the 2 minutes silence was beautiful and I even watched the Queen’s speech at 9pm) but street parties and mass Congas in the street, felt wholly inappropriate. After a few alcoholic beverages, there’s no doubt that social-distancing would have gone out the window for many and I fear that we will see the consequences of this in a few week’s time.
I felt annoyed for anyone who has been unable to attend the funeral of a loved one during this time. For doctors and nurses returning home after a long, stressful day looking after Covid patients to see the streets overrun with people partying. And for those of us who are strictly abiding by the rules because we want this thing to be over, with as few casualties as possible.
As I write this, we are hanging on to hear what Boris has to say this evening – his promised (and some would say well overdue) update on how we move into phase 2 of this fight against Coronavirus.
Many people are campaigning for a slackening off of the rules and I think we all want this to some degree (not least for our economy which looks set for a very rough ride) but for me, not before we are good and ready. The death toll and numbers of those who are contracting the virus still seems very high.
I hope that we will be given clear guidance on how we are going to move forward in a safe but measured way. I fear that we will be left with wishy-washy advice that is open to interpretation. We will see.
This appears to have turned into quite a negative post which wasn’t my intention but I’m kind of shooting from the hip and I did say that week 7 hit hard! On a lighter note, assuming that the rules don’t change all that much for the next few weeks, I think that I might need some fresh inspiration on how to get through the next phase of lockdown.
Currently, my lockdown survival kit consists of:
- Normal People (wasn’t it phenomenal?)
- Fresh air and nature
- Crumpets with marmite and cheese
- Dairy Milk
- Diet Coke
- Gin and Tonic
- Fiit exercise app (to counteract the above)
- Zoom (including the quizzes that I love to hate)
- Root spray
- Elasticated waistbands
What else do I need in my arsenal? I would love to hear what’s getting you through.