I propose a reflection on our relationship with ‘The Lockdown’, now gradually lifting-easing in the UK, whilst being reinstated in other countries.
What does ‘The Lockdown’ conjure up for you?
I invite you to notice your spontaneous thoughts, and how you have been speaking about ‘The Lockdown’.
I’ve been hearing a lot:
The lockdown is affecting everyone terribly.
The lockdown is getting me down.
It’s hard to be creative in this lockdown.
Oh, when will this lockdown end?
This bloody lockdown.
Everyone is struggling.
Yes, people are struggling, people are suffering, for various reasons. Pre-pandemic and since the pandemic.
From being actually locked in by someone, abusive situations, hungry, having no fixed home, in fear of catching the virus choosing not to go out at all, hospitalised, losing loved ones, job losses, struggling with children at home, struggling with not having children at home, juggling working and learning …
And then there are frustrations resulting imposed limitations;
cancelled holidays, changing plans, and lack of certainty.
Habits halted, comforts reduced, conveniences challenged.
People have felt annoyed, bored, irritated.
The Gym is shut and Pubs are closed.
I realise everyone is suffering and struggling in their own way.
Or are we? Has group funk kicked in?
A new kind of FOMO?
What specifically, during the current safety regulations, has been affecting you, and how?
Usefully, hindering, beneficially, harmfully …?
Please reflect on your responses and experiences, and if willing please share with us, and/or with others.
What is-was actually locked down?
Non-Essential shops, bars, restaurants, entertainment venues, house parties…
What movements are restricted?
Movement of people at risk.
Group Gatherings and meeting people beyond our own household bubble.
For what reason?
For the purpose of saving lives, and avoiding COVID sickness.
Safety for the whole as well as the individual.
What is-was possible throughout?
Leaving the house.
Shopping for food and essentials.
Connecting with nature.
Meeting one person for a walk.
What is open?
Shops for foods and essentials.
Online shopping for essentials and non-essentials.
Cafes and Restaurants for take-outs.
What can we access?
Online and Virtual entertainment.
Online meetings with colleagues, and gatherings with friends and family.
What freshness is now happening, is possible, has increased?
Working in your location, preferred place, tempo, rhythm and times, and attire.
Working with people who even before could only work from home.
Meeting people we couldn’t-didn’t meet before.
Meeting with people all over the globe.
Increase of accessibility.
Connecting more easily and regularly with loved ones.
… and the means by which to do the above.
An increase in creativity; approaches, endeavours, routes, methods.
A diverse palate of learning modes, methods, environments for learning.
Increased engagement (by many) with their children, and in their learning.
Learning new skills, languages, crafts, digital literacies and confidences.
An increase in awareness of our carbon footprint and personal actions to reduce. An increase in questioning, challenging and dismantling of systems of superiority and injustice. A changing of harming and hindering habits. A shifting of harmful consumption habits. An overhaul of language. A re-learning of solidarity, the basis of co-creating a fresh future.
Much learning, discovering, realising.
A decrease in global carbon emissions.
A decrease in personal carbon footprint.
A decrease in noise, light & air pollution (we can see more stars now!)
Sadly also an increase of followers of QAnon, spreading conspiracy beliefs, and social division. Many people are not yet aware their thinking has been infiltrated-informed-infused through QAnon’s social media successes.
“The truth is that many of us have had a good pandemic”
18 March 2021 Financial Times Article
Some because of privileges of a nice home, garden, support, safe environment and employment, some because of increased time with partners, families, children, some because they experience social anxiety and the pressure to be in a physical, face to face environment has been temporarily lifted, some because going out was scary before the pandemic, some, because the restrictions have sparked creativity, some because working from home, has been much more preferable, some because homeschooling is the preferred option, some because not travelling from one meeting, workplace to another has brought huge benefits, made financial savings in the process, the list goes on …
For some, the lockdown ending is a scary notion.
I wonder what could happen if we renamed and with it reframed The Lockdown?
How would YOU rename The Lockdown?
And what impact might it make on your thoughts, feelings and sayings?
To reduce spread that can lead to sickness, even death.
With utmost effort to minimise exposure and contracting.
We would love to hear your experiences, suggestions and inspirations. If willing please share them with us, and/or with others.