I hardly know where to begin.
March began like it usually does and I pottered like I usually do, though perhaps slightly more distracted. I was visited by a strange and unsettling restless energy for a week or two, which disappeared as suddenly as it appeared, by which time it was mid-month and the corona buzz was taking firmer hold.
Whatever plans I had quickly changed.
ENORMOUS changes have taken place in a very short time frame. Covid-19 restrictions are happening quickly everywhere. Most of the planet has shut down and we are in some form of isolation or lockdown. Life as we know it has been cancelled or postponed. Only some are still working and movement is restricted to the essentials. Social distancing, hygiene measures and staying home are our new norms.
In fact, globally, people are at home in self-isolation, our homes are our refuges until further notice.
So many have lost their jobs. My library shifts have finished until further notice, so I'm fortunate to still be teaching, though on site hours are reduced and remote learning has begun online.
The economical repercussions of this are beyond HUGE.
Businesses everywhere are reinventing how they provide their services. Despite the challenges, people are imagining creative new ways to survive, the biggest challenge being that we have no idea how long it will be for...6-12 months possibly.
Being able to connect online is allowing some to keep working, for communication and learning to continue and for social and leisure time to help ease frustration and anxiety. Like many, I could not have imagined experiencing anything like this. Thoughts of all those dystopian novels I've read hover in my mind.
Feels like a universal karmalution, yet strangely it's not all doom and gloom. I can't speak for everyone, but I know many of us are safe, sound and comfortable. Our basic needs are covered, we have the company and support of loved ones around us and more time than we wanted to breathe, catch up and learn how to do things differently.
A & A are back home for an undetermined period. The focus for now is one day at a time, doing our best to live in close quarters, being kind and making the most of our forced isolation. Plenty of time to be creative...once I can stop feeling overwhelmed!
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.