Well, I’m grounded and all it took was for Humanity to come up against a killer virus. I’ve finally found some time to update (or actually start) this Blog of mine.
I’m about to begin my third week of working from home, other than to pop down to the supermarket, this must be the longest I have ever spent at home. Life has fallen into a routine, wake up, work, eat, work, exercise, shower, read, sleep and repeat. My life has not been this regimented in years. Social Media tells me that many others are struggling to cope, that mental illness is starting to set in but I’m fine, perhaps just a little frustrated that I’ve had to put some elements of my life on hold.
COVID-19 does scare me. At the time of writing, we’ve seen just over 4000 deaths in the UK and I’ve noted that this past week, we’ve lost about 200 to 400 people per day. It’s important for all of us to come together (not literally) and recognise the real danger here and to practice social distancing. I woke up this morning to news reports that given the sunshine today, people have been out in the parks sunbathing, cyclists have been out riding and my own neighbors appear to have visitors today. It doesn’t surprise me that People can be stupid, it really doesn’t but I also recognise that this snapshot of people disobeying Government advice does not represent the majority. Sadly however, they will ruin it for the rest of us as they’ll leave the Government with no choice but to tighten their advice, possibly even bringing more stringent measures into law.
Look after your friends and your loved ones. If you’re unable to see them because of the lockdown, contact them over Social Media because if they are suffering from mental illness, albeit even slightly, your message may make all the difference. You should also use this time to read that classic novel you’ve wanted for years or to learn a new hobby. I’m revisiting an old hobby of mine and I’ve set some goals for myself to achieve over the next week or two. This time will be exactly what you make it.
Photo by cottonbro from Pexels. Accessed April 05, 2020.