In UK news the prime minister just announced the measures to ease us out of lockdown. My personal opinion is that the ‘big bang’ return to schools of all age groups simultaneously is misguided and likely to lead to an increase in the R number with who knows what consequences… But at least friends and colleagues who are parents seem happy!
As I reviewed the roadmap of lifting restrictions, my main interest was in when I would be able to see my family again, as we don’t live near to them. I hope by the time this is permitted my parents will have had their second dose of vaccine which will make me feel happier about spending any amount of time close to them. I had a quick (and illegal) hug with my mum and my dad in August last year and that’s the last time I saw them. I talked with my mum today on video call and tried to keep her spirits up. This is the longest time we’ve ever gone without seeing one another.
After that I was most interested in yoga possibilities. When could I see my teacher? When can he resume his public classes which is his income and profession? And when might I be able to run my own in person classes, even in the park?
Alongside these possibilities my social life could also open up. My friends are very conservative and will play it cautiously, likely tailing far behind what is allowed until it feels right for them. They are the opposite to my work colleagues who will take any opportunity as soon as it is permitted (if not sooner, in fact!).
The discussion of lifting restrictions and future changes once more reveals differences in personal approaches and definitions of safe. If I wasn’t so bored with it all now, it would (still) be a fascinating study of how we live, make choices, evaluate risks and determine what we can and can’t live without. OK, it is still fascinating to some degree, but I would rather find a different focus for my interest. Right now the whole ‘easing’ of restrictions feels anything but ‘easeful’ or ‘easy’. It just brings more stress.
And all this is happening during the first months of Brexit. I guess I could always distract myself with that 🙂