I hope everyone is well and making the most of their time at home. Between learning how to braid, growing my own veggies, taking online dance classes, general life admin and writing my book, I’ve been more product these past few months than I have in a long time.
Despite the pandemic situation, this time has been great for me to de clutter physically and mentally, allowing myself to really focus on what matters. In line with what matters to me, my health, my creative passions, my family and friends, I’ve been making a conscious effort to spend less time on social media and, as the saying goes, stopping to smell the roses.
Yesterday was the first time I hopped on the Gram in a little while and as I was scrolling through posts, I came across one by @robbie-lockie His words really connected with me and put things into perspective, in a way I hadn’t previously given thought too.
“Just ponder on this for a minute…
2020 – We just have to stay in for a couple of months. WW II – You have to leave your loved ones and might never see them again.
2020 – But my kids need some fresh air so we’re all going to the park. WW II – Your kids have to be evacuated and live with random good samaritans for their safety.
2020 – I can only FaceTime my family and friends I can’t see them. WW II – I have written letters, I’m hoping they’re received and I get a response this year.
2020 – I am trying to order my food shop online, it’s taking ages to get to me I need, alcohol, and all the other foods I’m craving. WW II – Are you coming to queue up in the line for our food rations – potato soup everyday of the week?
2020 – The government hasn’t said we can’t go out, they just said we can but only once to exercise so I’m going to go meet my friends and do what I want. WW II – I’m not going out just in case a bomb drops so I will stay in listening to some music quietly because the air raid siren might go off.
2020 – Netflix needs to sort the streaming out I can’t even watch a series without it crashing. WW II –We are sitting in the dark around a candle playing cards keeping as much light in as possible so the warplanes don’t see us from above.
2020 – Every man for themselves, so I’m going to stock pile as much as I can because we are more important than anyone else, never mind the elderly that gave us this freedom. WW II – I’m so grateful for this community, everyone is helping each other out when and where we can, we must stay strong.
This is the perspective that we should have, we don’t know how LUCKY we have it and people still aren’t listening.
The lockdown has been 6 weeks, the Second World War lasted for 6 years.”
By no means, does his words mean to belittle the pandemic and what we’re all facing. But it does make us think, makes me think, about how bad we really have it in comparison to the struggles our ancestors faced. Right now, I’m feeling quite blessed to have the luxuries I do. I have more now than those before me ever did, and if the lockdown were to continue on, I’d be more than happy to adjust accordingly. If those before me could go with much less, so can I.
Love and kindness, Nerissa x