Well it has finally happened, the moment we had all been waiting for, the moment some had said would never happen, the moment that the way of life as we know it changed. The PM announced lock-down in the UK.
How did I feel about this? A sense of relief really, as my job involves keeping people safe and healthy, and I have felt powerless to do this in light of such an unprecedented pandemic.
Unprecedented, what does it even mean, this overused word of the century? “Never done or known before” But we have been here before haven’t we – Spanish flu, the Plague to name but a few. Why are we surprised, isn’t it natures way to reduce a population after so many years?
Hard to think in this vein though isn’t it, when it involves people you work alongside, see every day on the way to work, family, friends, acquaintances. Its unprecedented in the sense that we have not known this particular novel virus before. Here lies the uncertainty, the unknown, the fear, the anxiety in who it may affect, when, and how long it will be around. For a completer finisher like me, it does not sit comfortably being so unknown, I want to know now, not wait and see, sitting on the bench like a substitute football player. I want to protect everyone, keep them safe, protected. But you cannot be all things to all people. We can only try to be sensible, try and be cheerful as Judi Dench reminded me in her bunny ears on Twitter – “Just keep laughing, that’s all we can do”