It’s been a year since Covid 19 reared it’s head in the Uk, and pushed the country into the first lockdown, a year that has changed the world, and changed how we behave and interact as humans.
We now habitually wear masks when indoors in public places, we make a huge effort to stay away from each other, avoiding contact as much as possible as we walk down the street. As a social being I find this part quite difficult, others of course may welcome this separation from their fellow humans, but I thrive on physical contact, I welcome hugs with open arms!!
Wearing masks hides facial expression, another major form of communication, if I had 10pence for every time I have smiled at someone as I pass them in the corridor at work, only to remember I’m wearing a mask and my smile can’t be seen, I would be a rich man! As long as you are all aware, I am smiling behind the mask!
There are indications that some level of normality could be achieved in the near future, summer festivals tentatively getting ready to go ahead, pubs and shops opening up, UK holidays starting. Let’s just hope that as a population we take it steady and don’t dive in too quick, things could still quickly turn around, this virus is very unpredictable in how it behaves.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to meeting all my wonderful “festival family” in the summer fields, and dancing like a loon! I’m not too bothered about going abroad, there is plenty of lovely parts of the UK I have yet to see, and people to meet. There are still problems in Europe with the virus slipping into a third wave, whether this is due to them getting behind with the vaccination or due to a virus variant it’s difficult to tell, personally I wouldn’t be too quick to run to the sun.
Anyway folks, it’s been a funny old year since Boris and his cronies announced the first lockdown, let’s be thankful we are all still here, and raise a glass to those we miss. Crack on folks, spring is officially here, it’ll be summer before we know it, hot sunny days in the garden with a book and a beer, hopefully meeting (socially distanced) with friends.
Keep on trucking, we’ll get through these weird times and look back on them in our old age!
Stay safe guys, see you soon!