Things rarely stay the same for very long do they? On 13 March I did my last paid work, almost three months ago. Since then 90% of my time has been spent in the home I share with my husband. We live in a beautiful part of North Yorkshire, a small Georgian market town at the bottom of Swaledale. Yes, there are worse places to have to stay.
I had a list of "things to do" at the begining of this period and I have managed to complete most of them. The ones left on the list are, clearing the garage and cleaning the oven. Those jobs I hate and will probably have to wait, for now at least. I've kept busy, done quite a lot of work, networked, attended quite a bit of training for my own development and actually become more relaxed and adjusted to a slower pace of life.
One evening a few days ago I was surprised at how light it was at 9pm. Then I realised we were only two weeks away from the Summer Solstice. It should be light at that time but we seem to have this "grey period" where the spring has been and gone and yet it feels like it should be the spring now!
I was speaking to colleague a few days ago and he said it seems like March was yesterday. Strange.
The world (or many parts of it) changed almost overnight in March when Covid-19 began to take its toll on us. We were being encouraged to stay away from public places and then we weren't allowed out of our home, except for key workers and basic needs. We adapted, we had to, there was no choice. Luckily the British weather was warm and pleasant and particularly dry. It did mean that walking or just going into your garden was a pleasant experience and that did help many people like me who suffer with a spot of "cabin fever" now and again.
Things have eased slightly now that we cand actually meet a small number of other people in a public place and people living on their own can visit another household. It's not ideal yet, but more will come and hopefully we won't have to wait too long.
There's an old saying about the British weather: "If you don't like the weather, wait a minute."
About two weeks ago the waterfall in Richmond saw large numbers of people arriving to make the most of the lovely warm weather and taking the opportunity to come and enjoy a paddle, a swim in the River Swale, walk along the top of the waterfall or just sit and enjoy themselves. Sadly many of the people doing this did not demonstrate social distancing, but that's another story.
Take a look at this video from my visit there this morning, I don't think any of those visitors would want to repeat what they were doing when they came. The weather has changed hugely, but of course it will do so again and again and again!
We adapt the way we live to suit the weather; in the same way we have adpated the way we live due to Covid-19. It's likely we will be living with it for some time, months maybe longer. We have put our lives on hold but we cannot do that forever so we will have to adapt and live and work differently to prevent the spread. I am already in talks with one of my clients to work out how I can deliver training safely for them. Virtual training is an option as is planning sessions "face to face" using social distancing and good practice.
We adapt to suit the climate and social needs and when they change we adapt again.
Happy Friday! Stay well and safe.