Strange times are upon us. It is hard to know how to react, isn’t it? Personally, I am trying to look for the positives in the whole situation, remain active, and keep my moods under control. That last one is not always easy, just ask my poor wife. So I have got to find some way to cope with this lockdown. Working from home has always been my dream, but it’s a bit different when the whole family is there too, and you are restricted in your movements in the outside world.
There are many sources of positivity to be found, artists everywhere are attempting to give more, to share their art and attempt to lift spirits. Good people are stepping up to the plate to help others, whether those in need are elderly or on the front lines. I know someone who is producing face masks to attempt to make a dent in the shortfall in supply. He, and his wife, normally produce hi-end fashion, now they are helping to save lives. It makes me think that we should all look around us and think about what we could do, no matter how small.
So, for now, my small contribution can be giving people something to read. Many people are stuck at home looking for entertainment, I don’t know how entertaining I am but at least it’s a distraction. My mission is, therefore, to try and publish more regularly. I can give my students something to read, and practise their English, or just make my small contribution to the world.
My promise is that I won’t be banging on about the virus. We are all seeing it, thinking about it, all the time. We need distraction right now, a lightening of the mood. There are others, more qualified than I, to spread information about this global situation.
How about you? What are you going to do? How are you coping? What’s your plan?
Words © Neil Hayes and neilhayeswrites