What have you learnt during the Coronaviros pandemic of enforced isolation and physical and social distancing?
Although not always easy, I continue to be an optimist, I am still resilient, and I’m good at coping with enforced change. I’ve definitely learnt at least a few positive things in the last few weeks, and continue to be more than a little surprised so many people, especially those without dementia are not coping very well with the enforced isolation and distancing.
It makes having dementia seem easy, as I am already very used to isolation and physical and social distancing. And so I have also been wondering is it wrong to be positive at this difficult time? I don’t think so, but you may disagree, as after all, you are viewing it from your side of the fence.
20 reasons for #Gratitude
- Knowing that my husband and sons are my priority.
- That our kids are truly amazing human beings and I am even more proud of them than I realised.
- I am grateful for those family and friends who have stood by me (you all know who you are).
- I know many incredible people working in health and social care, and am in awe of their committment to our health, well being and safety.
- I’m grateful to have some time for gardening and cooking again, even if I am no longer that good at either of those favourite past times!
- We need to APPRECIATE simple things like being outdoors or going out for a coffee with a FRIEND.
- KINDNESS needs to become the new and much needed pandemic.
- COMMUNITY is invaluable; we should always look out for our neighbours.
- Money doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things when lives are at risk.
- Time is precious but not as precious as those you spend it with.
- Home cooking tastes so much BETTER than hotel of aeroplane food!
- I miss a few things, but mostly I am enjoying the quiet time.
- I am loving having time to write again, without any pressure.
- I lost my job a decade ago – so in reality little has changed, except that compared to people now, I have not had a regular income for over a decade, not just a few weeks (ps. the government did not came to my rescue with a weekly payout).
- Phone calls were always better than zoom or messenger – that has NOT CHANGED.
- I am a very early adopter of zoom, and so have not been stressed about using it!
- Since dementia, I have a whole new ‘global family’ who I love and cherish; we are already used to meeting up online!
- Life for me, apart from not travelling, is little different now, than before COVID, as I was used to the isolation, discrimintion, lack of services and support, and social and physical distancing – COVID has been a ‘leveller’ of sorts for the rest of the world.
- I’m really glad I am an opimist by nature, and can always see the good in a bad situation.
- I still have a pulse, so it must be a good day!
This is my way.
What is your way?
There is no wrong way.