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Helloooo! I was tagged by Simone from Midlands Traveller to share my Covid-19 lockdown silver linings. I posted before about how on the whole we’ve been quite enjoying lockdown life as a family. But I think there are also wider benefits for society to come from being on lockdown too.
1. Slower pace of life
I think a lot of us are really feeling the benefit of a slower pace of life right now. Society in general seems to always be in such a rush. There’s so much pressure, and so many demands on our time. It’s really nice to just slow down and be able to enjoy the small moments a bit more. Part of me is kind of dreading going back to the mad morning school run rush and all the usual time constraints.
2. Decreased air pollution
It’s been shown that air pollution has drastically decreased across the world since lockdowns began. This may just be a temporary effect of course, but I would really love to hope that maybe we will see the errors of our ways and start to properly look after our planet better. I’m not sure how much I believe that will actually happen sadly, but it certainly shows us what could be done with a few lifestyle changes.
3. Valuing important members of society
It’s been so interesting that during this crisis, we have seen who the true heroes of society really are. I mean, a lot of people knew it anyway but in terms of pay and status and so on, they are not really recognised as such in society. I’m talking of course about all those who have been identified as keyworkers – NHS staff, care workers, delivery drivers, supermarket cashiers, even teachers (not biased, honest!) So basically, when the sh*t hits the fan, these are the kinds of people who, it turns out, really matter to keep things going. Not the bankers or the billionaires or the big business tycoons.
I would love to believe that maybe, just maybe, this could bring about some change in terms of fairer pay and more equality for jobs that have previously been perceived as ‘lesser’. Again, I’m sceptical. But we’ll see – hopefully I’ll be proved wrong!
4. An abundance of kindness
As much as we have all been distancing ourselves from each other physically, I feel that this pandemic has brought society as a whole closer together. Particularly communities. Lots of us are having far more contact (whether online or by phone) with neighbours. People are looking out for the elderly or more vulnerable members of their communities and going out of their way to offer help. There have been so many heartwarming examples in the media of people showing kindness to each other. I don’t think many of us would have been unmoved by war veteran Captain Tom Moore raising over 20 million pounds for NHS charities at the age of 99 🙂
5. Appreciating what we have
Being on lockdown has made lots of people, myself included, really appreciate what they have. Seeing so many people lose loved ones has made us less inclined to take things for granted. We really feel grateful for our families. It’s made us appreciate our houses, and gardens, if we have them. I also feel like it’s given me a new appreciation of nature too. I’ve always loved taking the twiglets for walks but now I appreciate being able to do that more than ever. Even if it is a little stressful trying to get them to listen and stay away from any people we might see!
So there we go! Lockdown can be tough at times, and obviously it’s far harder for some than others. But there is quite a lot for most of us to feel positive and hopeful about (when our kids aren’t driving us up the fricking wall that is!)
I’m tagging the following bloggers to take part and share their lockdown silver linings:
- Charlotte – Team Stein
- Sarah – Whimsical Mumblings
- Shelley – Wander and Luxe
- Katy – Hot Pink Wellingtons
And thank you to Emily from Twin Mummy and Daddy for starting off this tag 🙂
Thanks for reading,