I’m going to begin by saying what should be obvious to all of us, but judging by photos I’ve seen online, isn’t (yet?) to some people: the most important thing we can do right now, unless we’re in the front line caring for others, is to STAY AT HOME.
What times we are living through. All the words are over-used: unprecedented; interesting; exceptional; unusual. We’ve all had ups and downs as we try to adjust to the new normal, only to find that it has already moved on.
But we will get through this, and we will help each other and inspire each other. You have had ideas that would never have occurred to me. I have had ideas you may not have thought of. What works for me may not work for you.
I know that I am one of the most privileged in all this. I have a comfortable, spacious home. I have plenty of food and drink available to me, without needing to shop more. I live with a supportive partner with whom I get on well. I have a fixed income that is plenty for me to live on comfortably. My livelihood is not in jeopardy. I’m fit and well, with none of the underlying conditions that would make me more vulnerable. I don’t have children living with me who need educating, entertaining, caring for while I’m needing to somehow work from home.
All of which is why it’s even more important than ever for me to do what I can to support others much more challenged or in need.
Over the past week I’ve realised that I’m missing all my usual activities and commitments. I’m missing having things in the diary to look forward to. I’m missing Saturday and Sunday feeling different from other days.
So, yesterday I made some plans that I hope will help me put in place what I need, help me to find ways to support others, and help me make positive use of this unexpected (unprecedented) time.
- I am part of several online support networks – two family WhatsApp groups; a family email group to support an older relative who has to stay at home; a newly developed very local email group of contacts for help if we need to self-isolate (each of us may be the helped or the helper at different times). Physical isolation most definitely; but not social isolation at all – if anything I have been more connected socially with friends, family and neighbours than ever before
- I have put together a personal plan to give me a structure for the week (including keeping the weekends different); and a sense of having achieved something by the end of each week
- I’m going to try to post here daily, even if only briefly, so I have a record to look back on. It will also give us the chance to share ideas, to inspire and encourage each other. For me, today is Day 1 of this personal experiment in a different way of living.
Do please feel free to use comments (positively) to share ideas, suggestions, and your own experiences – I’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime, I hope you keep well, stay safe, and ♥STAY AT HOME♥
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