Covid Reflections, Part 1*

Aaaah, d’ya remember when I posted that video to my fb page back in March 2020? It was when everyone was panic buying loo rolls, the UK government stated “As of 19 March 2020, COVID-19 is no longer considered to be a high consequence infectious disease (HCID) in the UK”, then went into lockdown just a few days later, we all thought we’d be flattening the curve and it would be over in a few weeks. 

[Shout out to my puffy face and eye bags btw. Sheeesh! It’s only since I’ve watched that video again that I’ve noticed them. Might write another blog on how I got rid of them. I think I look younger now 😁]. 

Who knew we were in for such a rough ride back then? In and out of lockdowns, don’t wear a mask, they’re not effective, do wear a mask (because we’ve all bought shares in them), don’t see your loved ones, definitely don’t cuddle them unless you’re covered in cling film, find yourself someone to get into a bubble with, get on first name terms with your delivery drivers, only have visitors to your home if you’re paying them, and let’s all bake banana bread. 

Not forgetting the clapping and the Belper Moo. WTF?

Where are we now? What have we lost along the way? Who have we lost along the way? What has happened to our collective psyche? How much damage has been done to our mental health, our economy, our spiritual wellbeing? Why are we all so afraid of coughs, colds and the flu? Why have we been divided into good people who have the vaccines, and bad people who don’t? Is this a pandemic, feardemic, plandemic or scamdemic? Where do we go from here? What is the new normal? Is the new normal acceptable? Do we want a new normal? How do we adjust to life after covid? Do we need to adjust? Should we adjust?

Who do you trust?

I was going to say I wish I had the answers, but actually knowing what I know now, like the PPE fiasco, Downing Street parties and the emerging figures for the excess deaths (not least in athletes and sports professionals), makes me want to bury my head in the sand and never come out again. A feeling that I’m sure we’ve all had in the last two years.

But I can’t, and I won’t. And so I reassess. What do I want to carry forward with me? What are the positives for me that have come out of the last two years? What do I want my life to look like? What do I want life to look like for my offspring?

I have found a wonderful community of like minded people, who aren’t afraid to ask these questions, nor are they afraid to discuss, debate and digest the answers. It is from this community that I have drawn strength, made fabulous new friends, learnt a tremendous amount and envisioned a future I want to be a part of.

This is definitely a big positive that has come out of the last few years for me and I will carry forward for as long as I am on this planet. The future that I want to be a part of includes building a new health care service that integrates medical professionals with holistic practitioners. A long job but I’m happy to do it. My future also includes staying true to my values and strong in my self belief, and passing these traits to younger generations.

I knew in 2020 that I wasn’t afraid of covid, that I trusted my immune system, I felt healthy and well and that I if I got covid it would have minimal impact. And looking back at that video today, I can see that I’m even healthier now! I’ve certainly learnt a lot more about health since then (I’ll definitely be writing another blog post on that, at some point), which I have put into practice. I am forever tweaking, experimenting and mastering my innerstanding of my own health and wellbeing.

I am focused on the life I want to live, the world I want to be in and creating a future for the next generation that I’m proud to leave behind. For that, covid (I refuse to capitalise covid, even though the red lines underneath it as I type are very annoying), I am grateful.

*I think there’s gonna be a part two. I’ve got a few more thoughts on covid I want to share, which I may, or may not, get round to typing up.