First things post. This post is not intended to downplay the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nor is it intended to make light of the suffering and loss that so many of us have experienced so far. From loss of work and income to the loss of loved ones, many of us have been profoundly affected by the coronavirus and the subsequent lockdown. However, we owe it to ourselves and all who we have lost to maintain a positive, proactive spirit. To be that much more appreciative of the people and things that give us joy. Therefore, rather than lament what we’ve lost or look with impatience to the arrival of an exit strategy, let’s focus on the rays of light that have penetrated this dark cloud.
Let’s take a look at the things which are keeping us smiling through the lockdown. Oh, and don’t forget to leave yours in the comments…
Movies, TV and games
It’s okay to admit it. The digital era has ensured that whatever else we experience while on lockdown… we need never get bored! Between broadcast TV, streaming services and our good old fashioned DVD collections we have access to more content than we can shave a remote control at. Sure, it’s a different landscape now. Many of us are missing our soaps and sports fans may be yearning for Updates on Canceled and Postponed Sporting Events. Still, there’s plenty to keep us occupied and remind us that stories have the power to see us through the darkest of times. Even videogames are reminding us that the lockdown can be a happy and wholesome experience. Animal Crossing alone is proving enormously helpful in keeping players of all ages happy and positive right now.
In some ways, the lockdown has been a blessing in disguise. It has allowed us to keep the temptation of junk food and take out at arm’s length and encouraged us to spend more time in the kitchen cooking delicious and wholesome meals and snacks. Fatty, salty and sugary treats are less of a temptation and we’re focusing more of our efforts on whole foods. As such, we might just emerge from this a little healthier, a little leaner and a little better nourished. That’s something we can all be grateful for!
It’s okay to admit it. Our families may feel like a mixed blessing at the moment. Kids are little sentient balls of energy and may be bouncing off the walls without the opportunity to let off steam in school, at the park or in the playground. Nonetheless, while our spouses and kids may present a set of challenges to us while we’re under lockdown, they also give us instant perspective. When we look back upon this scary and uncertain time, we’ll be grateful for all the time we got to share with our families. So hold them extra close. And try to spare a thought for those who wish that they could be with their families right now.
What’s keeping you smiling through the pandemic?