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lockdown 2020

Stuck indoors for an indefinite period of time (a look at this time)

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This lockdown has been life changing.

For so many of us, we never expected we would ever see this in our lifetimes. For a select few, they’ve been saying this is coming for a very long time (just catch a few TED talks and they’ll tell you – references at the bottom).

Sadly it is happening. We are smack bang in the middle of it.

It’s economically and politically devastating on top of the 400,000+ lives that have been lost (many due to poor political actions). I posted a few months back about Covid-19 and what it all feels like over on Medium. Specifically I posted there because this wasn’t quite an acting post but more about life in general.

As we continue on for what feels like eternity, know that this will end one day and ‘normal’ life will resume.

On a day-to-day basis I struggle between feeling grand and being absolutely shattered. On a week-to-week basis I have to force myself to have nights off drinking, to go to bed early, and to try and meditate more. The reality is, this reality we are in is anything but normal. I’m in a daze of confusion and frustration, longing for a time when I can sit in a cafe again and sip an espresso with nothing to do but people watch.

I do however also make a point of sharing 3 things I’m grateful for every single day. And I put one image into my 1 second app. They are small gestures, token gestures if you will, of the good bits of lockdown. A reminder that I am more than the four walls I am trapped behind. I garden so I can create life, create oxygen to breath, grow flowers to touch and vegetables to eat. I sip coffee, I ponder, I write, and I play.

My message is simple. Don’t leave this time period feeling broken by the torment of it all. Try and consider the good things you’ve found. What have you learned that you can live without? What do you want to keep in your life as a result of lockdown? What new skills have you picked up? Who have you connected with, truly connected with?

Today as I reflect on a nation (I only speak for the country I currently live in) lead by a bunch of muppets, and countries revolting, my only hope is that our new normal involves us being kinder to our Earth, and most especially to one another.

And on that note, here’s something I penned recently while enjoying my first chunk of time alone. My brain immediately went to a creative space where poetry just flowed out of me. It felt so good to write. But the message feels most important to me.

 

A virus against a race

by Angela Peters

When I look back on this period

I’ll see the glimmers of hope

Moments of happiness

Not the madness of the restlessness

 

The friendships maintained on Zoom

A community of lovers

That love shared on what’s app

The countless NHS claps

 

The revolutions and revolts

A chance for a better tomorrow

The Black Lives Matter wins

Police can’t kick us in the shins

 

A desolate flightless sky

An earth that finally breathes

Hands not touching hands

Masks covering fears

 

Countless losses for humanity

A political playing field of rage

The stupidity of few

A world ready to turn a new page

 

A race against a virus

A virus against a race

The world a completely different place

To where I met it face to face

Back on new years day

Before this killer virus came

Before a lockdown kept me housed

Like a baby tiger caged

 

My new normal isn’t Covid

It’s the kisses and the hugs

It’s the smiles shared between two meter strangers

It’s the thoughtful street thugs

 

No, the stupidity of few

Won’t rain on my parade

Black Lives will always matter

And humans can always shine

 

Covid won’t kill our spirits

And humans will always reign

Lockdown won’t break us

And humans will be free again

 

My only hope as we exit

Is that we find less meaning in colour

In gender, sex or politics

In race, or any other

 

We weren’t born her to fight and squabble

We were made to love and last

This is our chance to change

Our chance to right the past

 

A virus against a race

A race against a virus

Humans against race

Or is it a race against humans

Locked in 2020

 

For some Covid19 talks, check out:

Why COVID-19 is hitting us now

What is a coronavirus

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