Looking back to my diary in January and February, the days were filled with face to face training sessions during the week, regular overnight stays in hotels and many miles driven. That all came to a very abrupt end on Friday 13 March (I'm not superstitious, but somewhat ironic). By that time all of my clients had postponed all but esstential training; soon after that came the "lockdown".
I am the kind of person that likes to be busy and I thrive from being in the company of other people. To have almost all my regular work "disappear" and to be unable to see family, friends except by video is tough.
It seems I have adapted to the environment I find myself in though, surprisingly better than I would have imagined. Funny how we humans seem to develop a routine that becomes the "norm". The times we wake up, eat, go shopping, exercise etc. This has become so much the "norm" for me right now that there has bearly been a time when I was bored or actually looked at the clock and thought, "Is that all the time is?" That happened only twice to me during the lockdown.
As we move to a stage where more people will be returning to work, we find ourselves in a slightly different situation where we will have to adapt and change how we do things once more. It has been a pleasant surprise to go into a supermarket that is so well organised and structured with their hygiene and social distancing in place. Even the bakers and a couple of other shops in my town have been very well organised and make necessary shopping both possible and not unpleasant.
In June we know that primary schools will open and also many shops selling non-essential goods will be able to open. In the longer term we hope that cafes, pubs and restauarnts will be up and running , but we are informed, we will all have to social distance until a vaccine is found.
We will have to change the way we shop for a long time and the way we socialise. Perhaps this will only be in small groups and at a distance etc etc. It will be a challenge for some some small businesses though.
From reflecting on my own situation over the last 10+ weeks, I am amazed how much I have adpated. I am sure if we try hard and work together we can do this and get things open and up and running, just in a different way that's all. Maybe the different way will actually become the better way?
How have you changed during the lockdown? Have you got your days/weeks sorted? Or are you really struggling to adapt to this massive social, work and environmental change?
Happy Friday (I've totally lost the track of what day it is!!)