Self-Isolation – look forward, not back!
I am back! It has been a while and not for any other reason than since moving to the big city, I have been rather busy doing lots of other things. Meeting lots of new people and trying to get my face (voice) known in the community I work with. Thankfully that has all gone very well but now I find myself on LOCKDOWN! Well of course, we all are, struggling to find things to keep us amused and busy during these times of self-isolation.
Avoiding other humans is not what we are used too, and it makes you feel like you are walking around with something hanging out of your trouser zip when people quickly step out onto the road to avoid you. I like to think I can dress myself, so the zip department is usually ok, but it does make you wonder when people are diving into the path of traffic to avoid any potential virus, I often wonder if I am the walking dead.
It does help to have a white cane when walking as people move aside any way and those that don’t inevitably get a tagged ankle (accidently of course). Another win chalked up for the white sabre!
Hay fever is the next paranoia, I was walking by the lake when someone sneezed, 14 ducks, 3 pigeons, a swan and 104 humans all ran away screaming and covering their mouths. The poor girl only had a little pollen up her nose. Don’t ask how a duck covers its mouth, it wasn’t a pleasant sight.
Having one hour a day to exercise is great but when you have 24 hours a day to fill, it just doesn’t seem enough. In order not to break the rules, I had to speed walk around the park, no time for a leisurely stroll, I was walking that quick I think at one point my ball was on fire, (my cane tip, dirty minded buggers lol). Seriously though, I did two laps of the park and two laps of the lake, popped to the shop and got home in 59 mins and 32 seconds. Christ I was worried for a minute that I wasn’t going to make it. Lord knows what would have happened (tongue very firmly in cheek)
So, I am running out of things to enjoy on Netflix, I have my 1 hour speed walk sorted, and now I am looking for more things to incorporate into my self-isolation. I would normally enjoy cooking, but fresh ingredients are hard to come by, especially when you are legally blind, and Tesco’s is terrifying with the 2 meter rule being tricky to judge. I have lost count of how many times I have hoovered and if I polish again the wood will wear away.
So today I found myself thinking, why not write a blog about the mentally crippling four walls I find myself in. It has been a while and Lord knows there is a lot of things to get off my chest.
The truth is, as much as being on lockdown is a struggle and we are designed to be alone, it is the best way to beat the deadly virus; (so we are told). We can only go by our governments advice and no matter how tough it is, we must follow it.
This virus isn’t 5G causing havoc with high-frequency radio waves, it isn’t aliens that have come to probe our lungs to check our susceptible we are to them other worldly ways, it is something akin to the plague of 1347. Which incidentally came from the same place as Covid-19 did. Make of that what you will!
We will get through it!
We could be so much worse off than we are. Think about the many millions of people around the world who do not have access to the luxuries we do. Granted I can’t buy a decent toilet roll to save my life but hey, I have plenty of unpaired socks that need a new purpose in life.
We have the internet, we have many devices to keep in touch with people, we have so many choices of entertainment it’s ridiculous, we can use video calls to speak to groups of friends at the same time, and we have Alexa, if this lasts much longer, she might well be my new girlfriend.
Granted nothing beats the interaction of sitting in a bar or coffee shop with friends and chewing the fat of life but it is the best we have got so let’s make the most of it. Use this time to catch up with people you have seen or spoken to in years, pick up the phone and re-kindle an old friendship, why not pick up the phone and rekindle an old flame? Fall in love, one day they will write a film about how you fell in love dung Covid-19!
The one thing that is bothering me the most, is the fact we don’t have a clue when this is all going to be over, every day I look at the news and check on what other countries are doing, whether they are surviving and whether they are lifting restrictions.
The problem with not knowing when normality will resume is, we have nothing to look forward to. But when you think about it, we do, we all do.
No matter what your beliefs are, no matter what you enjoy doing and no matter who you miss spending time with, we will do it again. That is what you and I can look forward to, that is what will pass the time more quickly and that is what will keep you sane. So many people no longer have that thought in mind and so many families will never be able to do that with their loved ones.
Before I sign off, I would like everyone to spend a minute and think about those who have lost their lives, their friends, family and loved ones. For so many this is a tragic time.
Finally, a massive thank you to all of those working to combat this virus.
Stay safe everyone.