I don’t like saying that ‘we’re all in the same boat’ when it comes to the corona epidemic.
We’re really not. We’re not in the same boat. We’re in the same storm. With different boats. Some of which are much more seaworthy than others.
We’ve very quickly learnt that this virus is far more damaging to those of us who are already fighting inequality due to wealth, race, gender, age or poor health.
And whilst yes life has been tricky for us all, it’s just a tad trickier when you’ve been directly or indirectly affected by the illness itself. Let’s just acknowledge that one…
But at the same time, it’s also important to acknowledge that you have had to face your own challenges during this time.
If you live alone you’ve felt lonely. If you live with family, you’re desperate to be on your own. If you’re working, you’re struggling with childcare. If you’re not working, you’re worrying about money and desperate for something to occupy your brain. If you’ve got kids, you’re worrying about their mental health. If you don’t have kids and want them, you’re worried time is running out to do something about it.
Whatever you’ve got going on corona has magnified it. Tenfold.
So remember, it’s totally ok, as ever, to be simultaneously grateful for what you have, whilst also acknowledging any difficulties you are also having. Both things can be true. Both things can be spoken of.
There is always someone who is worse off than you. But that doesn’t mean your experience isn’t real and valid.
So, I am taking today to savour my five minutes of peace, thankful for this moment of breathing space from my noisy and demanding children. It has been an intense three months of being mother/teacher/playmate.
But I am also SO grateful to know that they’ll be back soon to fill the house with noise, squabbles, laughter, cuddles and ENDLESS requests for snacks.
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