I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that all of the news hysteria and social media posts are, unfortunately, becoming a staple part of my day. I know that some of these notifications are important, and I grasp the need to stay connected whilst we’re apart. In fact, now more than ever, it is vital to try and understand the changes that are going on.
But now, take a minute.
In this time, isn’t it great we can contact our loved ones on cellular devices we always have to hand. What a privilege it actually is to be able to remain inside a warm, well equipped house where there is plenty to be getting on with. Okay, panic buying has caused major issues with our supermarkets and suppliers, I’m not trying to play that down, or any of this pandemic down, but just look at what it can teach us. If we were nomadic herds people who relied on Oxen and our seasonal crop, we would be doomed. Or stuck in Victorian workhouses, where we faced the option to either work, or die – you’d be done for. Most of us are lucky enough to say we’ve never endured any real hardships, and at this time I’m learning to be grateful for that. For all those small blessings I’ve received daily that have gone unnoticed, I will try never to not acknowledge these again.
Those of us who live in Britain can receive our medical care free. The NHS, although currently being pushed to its absolute limits and needing every last bit of help it can get, still exists in its entirety as a healthcare system. Support that the NHS has supplied my family and I for my entire life, to me, has just existed. Similarly to all these parks and gyms and schools that have closed down now and remain empty. For my entire life, they’ve just been places that I’ve gone, during the day, after school and at weekends. Never have I thought about the countries that can’t even supply these to their people. Here we are all moaning about not being able to go anywhere and do anything (which yes, is actually a problem for some, and has caused inconveniences for our modern western lifestyle) without acknowledging how lucky we are fundamentally, as people, to be able to have safe spaces to walk, cinemas and restaurants to go to, and a Government that is trying to look out for our best interests.
Now Sociologists call these ideas ‘relative deprivation’, and some people may accuse me of overlooking the needs of the vulnerable, the elderly, or considering the real life emotional and psychological struggling of those below the poverty breadline, or without loved ones, just because I’m alright and in a comfortable position where I don’t have to worry. Some may also see my comparison to other nations as completely out of context. Well this just isn’t the case. This time out of the limelight of the modern world, to an extent, has done wonders for me to actually appreciate the time I’ve been given on this Earth. Period. Isn’t it a fantastic opportunity that we can actually give back and help those who need it? or that now is a time where we are free from distractions to work on ourselves, or personal well-being or family bonds? Okay, so I guess the economy will fall apart after this, and we could be facing major disruptions that could ripple for years to come, but why think about that now? Why not think about the fact you’ve got this very opportunity to take some time out? Use it to help, to support and to do something meaningful in a time of great despair and disruption. And whilst you’re doing that, remember to say thank you for this chance. In the words of Ferris Bueller, ‘life moves pretty fast, and if you don’t stop and look around for a while, you might miss it’.
Thank you for reading my article, I really do appreciate your time. I hope everyone is staying safe and are doing all that they can. I am aware that I have made light of some issues within this piece, and I have not gone into full depths with the basis of my reasoning; however this was meant solely to inform and help people evaluate their perspectives during the COVID-19 crisis. If there is anything else that you think needs to be discussed, or I’ve missed something, please let me know. I’m aware everything can be criticised, so please feel free to comment below.