Life in Lockdown
The pandemic has had a huge impact on the way we live, with many of us enduring prolonged periods of time in isolation whilst others working tirelessly on the frontline. We all needed to adapt in a short space of time to our ‘new normal’ and that was different for everyone.
Connect Youth & Community Centre Eccles
It was March 2020 when everything stopped,
We locked ourselves in and we closed the shops.
We followed advice for a quarantine
Adjusted to what a new normal would be
We zoomed, we shopped, we worked remotely
And the whole country followed closely
As statistics took over the news
The sick, the dead, the benefit queues
PPE, Contamination and r values
The growing cost of a stalled economy
A possible recession turns to probably
As We sat back, looked to others for ideas
How to control how to limit
how to prevent and how to stop it getting worse
And 3 months in throughout the world
we slowly stirred from lockdown mode
a return to work a return to stores a return to life as it was before
but there are lessons to be learnt.
what a chance we have missed
A golden opportunity just brushed past us
To redesign and redefine the modals that we live by
Our working day, the time we learn and the time we play,
transport, cleaner air, and sustainable supplies
This was an alarm call, a warning sign
To change our habits, stop walking blind
to a kinder place to a cleaner space
to a work life balanced that’s better planned
to lay down some goals and step forward hand in hand.
'Covid 19 Survival'
This is linda. Linda is a creative person. She has lots of hobbies and very little time. Linda teaches
English to foreign students and immigrants. She loves her job and works full time at a local college.
She enjoys being active; she cycles to work and visits the gym 3 times a week. Linda enjoys cooking.
She also enjoys painting and decorating pages in her scrapbook. Linda lives in a city centre
apartment with her husband and their daughter. Linda is very busy and does not feel there are
enough hours in the day. She feels isolation would be the perfect time to start creative projects.
2nd week quarantine.
Linda has lots of time. She has been learning to teach online with webinars and short online courses. Linda has lots of information and has started to build a stock of interesting online lessons. Linda has maintained a healthy fitness routine with YouTube videos, enjoying kick boxing, wrestling, and cage fighting, though her husband, a little concerned at the vocal expression, has offered a yoga training course with the gift of a mat. Linda has subsequently offered her husband several creative uses for the yoga mat none of which involved actual yoga and it has not been mentioned again. Linda has enjoyed exploring ingredients for soup and has created her own hearty recipes using wonky vegetables and the surprise component of wonky biscuits.
4th week quarantine
After the 17th webinar, Linda feels she knows far more than she needs to know about online
teaching. She now has a healthy resource library which could last the next 2 decades and feels on
reflection she could not possibly listen to another word. Linda is still creative in the kitchen and can
often be seen making gin cocktails with boot polish and Brasso. Linda feels it is important to
maintain 5 a day whilst also finding a use for Brasso. Linda also feels that the effect of these cocktails on her kick boxing prowess is hitherto undervalued by current marketing campaigns and has offered to create her own healthy drinking video. Applying her artistic abilities is important for Linda and she has produced copious painted canvases and almost completed her ZEN colouring book although the family feel the current black vibe could be replaced with a variety of colours used within the lines to better effect. The family feel Linda’s mental health is mental and suggest she returns to writing. Linda feels mindful that her mental health is completely mental and does not require any more discussion on the matter. Linda has made a Mexican out of a wonky beef tomato and a coffin out 12 cereal packets.
End of quarantine
Linda feels isolation has been beneficial. She has made lots of new friends in south Korea who follow her healthy drinking videos and has written a book on the health benefits of gin. She can swear profusely in 14 languages and has created a whole village out of empty boxes. She has also created a family of wonky turnips to live there. Linda has realised personal grooming is a choice and has been fascinated by the amount of body hair she can still grow at 58. She has shared this information with her Korean fanbase who have also followed her lead and the Instagram account posts daily updates. Linda will never do online teaching again and would like to focus on her new career as a full-time kick-boxing celebrity:’ The hairy fighter’.
Rosa & Martha
Rosa and Martha attend Monton Green primary school but they have both been home schooled since the beginning of lockdown.
Rosa is 9yrs old and in year 4, she has drawn a rainbow, on one side she is sad as she isn’t allowed to see her friends and family, as lockdown eases she is walking over the rainbow and then at the end she is with her grandparents and tells them how much she has missed them, She has also put butterflies on there as we watched our own caterpillars grow into butterflies before setting them free.
Martha is aged 6 and in year 2, she also drew a rainbow to show how on one side she was sad as she couldn’t go swimming or any of her activities and the other side reflects the fun side to lockdown, spending time with family at the beach.
'Life Locked Down'
Life as we know it has been stripped bare of the luxuries of modern day and the commercial mask has been lifted to reveal the human-face of mankind. Gone are the trappings of daily life: the commute to work, the school run, the race to the gym and the must-have shopping experiences. Our new Covid-19 life is much simpler as we stay at home to avoid the invisible enemy. Life now revolves around our homes; kitchen tables have a renewed sense of self importance as the office desk, the classroom and dining table are rolled into one. Our houses have become promoted to homes as we give a new sense of appreciation to everything within our four walls. Our lives have become our new best friend.
The noise of life is no longer the rumbling of trucks, horns of impatient drivers or the hustle and bustle on our streets but it has been replaced by a new sense of calm. The musical songs of birds, the gentle swaying of trees in full blossom and the trickle of the stream are the new sounds we encounter as nature washes over us on our daily walks.
We miss the warmth of a hug, the connection of family and friends and the joyful sounds of social gatherings but a new sense of belonging has filled our streets as neighbours stand by each other and an army of volunteers fight against this life-changing virus. On a personal note I say, “I can’t wait to get back to normal where the normal is a much simpler life which I have discovered on my journey through lockdown.”