Covid-19, A Rural Diary - A Year Down The Line
This photo was taken on Mother’s Day 2020, Sunday 22nd March. We went for a family walk in glorious sunshine. It was the day before the first Lockdown was announced. No-one knew what was coming. It’s been a long dark road and we’re still travelling down it. But at least there is now both metaphorical and literal light on the horizon: we have a vaccine and it’s being rolled out fast. But did we really believe we’d still be here in a third lengthy Lockdown, 12 months down the line? How would we have reacted if we’d known the future?
Hindsight, as we all know, is a wonderful thing. Foresight is also a great gift - though sometimes it is better not to have glimpses of the future. I think this is one such case. The only way most of us have been able to get through the last bizarre year is by taking one day at a time. With so much uncertainty, I have refused to hope and to plan. I couldn’t be bothered booking stuff and having to go through all the hassle of cancelling and sorting out refunds; to deal with endless disappointment in the face of so much already. I think that, bit by bit, we have all come to an acceptance of our current reality. Even the young.
But what have we gained, and what have we lost? These questions are too much to answer in this short, insignificant blog. A year ago I wrote about what hope I had for what we might learn from our collective experience:-
‘The human spirit has enormous powers of adaptation when challenged. We are facing one of the greatest challenges of our generation. Let’s not throw away that opportunity for positive change. Let’s live, and fundamentally learn, by our past mistakes. If we learn through this to love ourselves, love each other and love our planet, we might actually start to make some progress.’
Do you think we have risen to that challenge? Are we any clearer what our future holds? We are certainly older, but are we any wiser? Are the many changes that needed to take place in our society actually going to happen?
Answers on a postcard please.....