In March 2020,
with only a few days warning, alongside the rest of New Zealand, I was plunged
into total lockdown. Saying this was a surreal experience is an understatement.
As none of us knew how long this altered state would last, what this meant for
our jobs, or the financial or health repercussions. We’d become entangled into
the twilight zone of Covid-19. UNPRECEDENTED,
screamed from the headlines alongside worldwide body counts and estimated
infection rates. No compass existed to guide us out of the pandemic fog
shrouding our futures. We were confined to our specified people bubbles.
sprouted up window ledges and letter boxes, a sign of hope and solidarity,
signalling to passers-by that even though 2 meter distances and masks now ruled
our physical world, we were together in our hearts. I remember gathering, with
my son, at the end of our driveway, in the predawn, to pay homage to our fallen
ANZAC soldiers. Dawn parades were cancelled for the first time in 104 years. The
haunting bugle tone of ‘The Last Post’ filtered from an unseen neighbour’s
gateway and shivers resonated along my spine.
During lockdown, I had a choice of how I would respond to my altered reality. Black voids of despair, conspiracy theories, and fake news plied for my sanity. Yet, sunlight glistened on the tall summer grasses in my yard, my son’s laughter trickled on the breeze, and my dogs’ tails wagged like helicopter rotors, ecstatic to have their human pals home 24/7. So, I chose to focus on becoming a healthier and happier version of me, and a positive role-model for my son.
Fast forward to
February 2021, New Zealand is no longer in lockdown, but our borders are
heavily restricted, and the new media buzz words are QUARANTINE and VACCINE.
Uncertainty looms like a bloated storm cloud. Fears of further job losses and
financial ruin taint our summer days. Staying positive is harder to maintain
under this sustained assault of negative news.
Changes are happening. Although,
I fight against the dismantling of my comfortable world, my will alone doesn’t
curb the tidal jetsam from Covid-19, so I must adapt to this foreign landscape.
I’ve embraced personal development, focusing inward, aware that I may not be in
a position to influence external circumstances, but I can take responsibility
for myself. Being positive is easy when life is rosy, yet it is how I react
when life is battering away at my defences that define me as a person.
Here are my top
tips for positivity:
- Express your gratitude every
day for what you do have
Show and tell your loved ones
how much you care for them and hug them (if you can)
Use your creativity!!!! Keep feeding
your creative addictions
Resonate with nature by
strolling on the beach, sniff garden flowers, or listen to birdsong
Smile more, at everyone, this
is the right kind of contagious! If a mask hides your mouth, then smile through
- Be kind, laugh, and dance – play music that lifts your spirit
So, smile, and join me in singing and dancing into the light.
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