Our Changing World

April 6, 2020

Our world is changing before our very eyes right now. The coronavirus has made an impact on our life that has been both shocking and distressing. The speed at which it has taken hold is frightening and without question the most traumatic event that the world has lived through in recent times. And yet, in spite of it all, people are starting to reassess their own lives as they start to look at what is truly important.

Of course, not one of us can fail to have been moved by our wonderful workers at the NHS. They are the epitome of angels without wings as they battle to win the war against the Coronavirus, as well as saving lives with non-virus medical issues. Surely we will never take for granted again, the large number of key workers who work long hours protecting individuals and the country during this difficult time. The doctors, nurses, paramedics, cleaners, porters, medical admin staff, police, firefighters, armed forces, delivery drivers, refuse collectors, supermarket workers, postworkers, milk delivery workers, farmers, teachers, care workers and our many volunteers that have made our lives more bearable. We thank them all but more importantly we should ALWAYS appreciate all they do, regardless of any crisis.

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As we spend the days on lockdown, those shopping days of buying fast fashion suddenly become irrelevant, as we look inside our wardrobes crammed with more than enough clothes. Do we really need so many shoes? And how many handbags can one women want just to carry round a few essentials?

As long queues at supermarkets form and food shortages worry us on a daily basis, will we start looking at how much food we waste? Will we start to be more aware of how we use food in the kitchen, so we can make more efficient use of foodstuffs? Can we find other ways to become more sustainable by growing our own basic food? As the weather turns warmer and we head towards the summer, more people (including me) are looking at growing vegetables at home, aiming to become more self-sufficient. I think times are changing whereby we look more at what we can do to help ourselves.

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The crisis has brought the small local business to the forefront of everyone’s mind, as we see local shops staying open, working all hours to help bring food to the plates of local residents. Our gratitude will surely result in more of us using these local shops long after this crisis has abated. After all, it is the least we can do to say thank you for their herculean efforts during this difficult time. We can choose to spend our hard-earned money supporting these small businesses to show them that we really do care.

With permission to take just one walk a day (at present) I wonder if people will start to appreciate our beautiful country much more. We are all guilty of taking our surroundings for granted as we rush through our busy day. But I think this restriction will make people more mindful of what we do have and perhaps this will lead to a true thankfulness of nature and the natural world.

Once this lockdown is lifted and the danger has passed, I hope people will look around them and take time to explore their local area. To be able to walk in freedom amongst nature is a precious gift and now, more than ever, surely this will encourage changes in the way we treat the natural world. Our world should be treasured and cocooned from anything that threatens to destroy it. It is in our power to protect our world and after this crisis is over, we should do everything we can to make sure we treat it with respect and love.

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What many of us have right now is time. The lockdown has given most of us time away from work and the usual stresses of life to assess what we want to do in life. A crisis always brings out the best in people as we struggle to deal with the horror that lies before us. Maybe it is time to look at ways to change our life for the better. Perhaps we have been ignoring niggling health issues or perhaps we are still working at a job that only brings us heartache and poor mental health. Changing these negatives into positives can be a good way of moving forward.

My biggest hope is that this changing world starts to be more kind to others and to support those that are less fortunate than ourselves. As the community rallies round during this crisis, let’s hope that this positive spirit lasts long after we have heard the last of this virus. As the world sits in turmoil, let us look for positives and how we all can make the world a better place.

Until next time

Susanna

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