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May 11

It’s Over

May 11

Aren’t we all waiting for that announcement? To be told that life is going to return to normal, that this nightmare is over…but will it ever return to normal? It is highly unlikely that this awful virus is going to pack up its bags and head off when Boris, et al, tell it to. It’s here to stay and it has, is and will change all of our lives forever.


We will have to adapt to a new normal…


One where social distancing is acceptable and accepted
One where we are going to have to be more vigilant
One where we are going to have to be more cautious


Frankly, it is that that scares me most. I can handle self-isolating, I can manage not being able to see or hug my elderly, unwell parents for 6 weeks or so, I can deal with not seeing my sister for a couple of months and supplementing it with video calls and I can cope with working from home…for now.

To think that those simple things that I took for granted are going to be restricted until a vaccine is produced, tested, trialled, manufactured and distributed is difficult for me to get my head round.


I don’t think I have ever realised how much I took these simple things for granted. I don’t think I ever realised how much I would miss them. I am grateful I haven’t caught this virus, I am thankful I have my health but even so it has completely changed my perspective on a lot of things. When we do come out of this, and I know we will, I will have a completely different attitude towards the formally mundane.


I will hug my mum and dad for that little bit longer, I will relish popping to McDonalds for a hangover fix, I will be putting my phone away when I visit my sister so I am 100% present and I just can’t wait to be back in the HJC office.


Sometimes the way to learn to appreciate something is to be without it for a while.


It’s certainly been an education for me…has it for you?

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