This is my first global pandemic, so I’ll have to confess that I’m not entirely au fait with the etiquette for dealing with everything that’s going on.
What the Government says we can and cannot do seems to change pretty much every day. And it would be very easy to get oneself quite worked up about whether what people are buying in the supermarket is truly essential. Or whether those people sitting together in the park are really from one, two or however many households it’s supposed to be.
And so I’ve developed my golden rule for pandemic living: Don’t judge.
It’s a pretty intense time for us all at the moment. Things we thought we’d be doing this year have fallen by the wayside. Many have lost jobs. Some have lost loved ones. We’re all going through the wringer. Socially, financially and emotionally. And we’re all having to find our own ways to deal with it.
I don’t know what you’re going through. You may have been let go by your employer. You may be concerned for your health. You may be caring for an ailing relative. Or worrying about a child at university. You may be grieving for lost plans or lost friends. You may just be overwhelmed by the uncertainty of it all.
So whatever you need to do to stay sane, you carry on. Nip out for a coffee. Have a chat with friends. Buy yourself a new kettle. Hell, buy yourself a new car if that’s what it takes. As long as you do everything you can to protect yourself and to protect others, it’s all fine with me.
We’re all in this together, but we’re all dealing with it in our own way.
So stay safe. Stay sane. And don’t judge.