Throughout the UK's third lockdown, we've been sharing our thoughts, feelings, experiences and confessions. With one day of homeschooling left (before the kids headed back on the 8th), Senior Account Manager Simon managed to grab some free time to put his thoughts into writing. Get on board the Coronacoaster and have a read!
As I write this, we have one more day of homeschooling to go.
To say these past couple of months have been difficult doesn’t really do justice to the mind-bending, time-warping craziness that we’ve all been through.
And of course, we’re not out of the woods yet.
Yes, the children are going back to school, but we are still some way off being able to spend time with our extended family and friends.
Which brings me to the Coronacoaster.
It’s a term which has been doing the rounds on social media for a while now, and it’s really hit home for me in the past few weeks especially.
“Life is a rollercoaster,” a wistful Ronan Keating sang back in 2000 (thanks Google). Well, we’ve all swapped the rollercoaster for the Coronacoaster, which makes The Big One look like, well, An Insignificant One.
Have you experienced it?
You wake up feeling fine, check the news: Infection rates dropping. That’s good. Check your emails: You’re on top of things. Excellent.
Then you think about what you’ve got planned for the day: Ah yes, homeschooling and work. Just like yesterday. And the day before that.
Then you look at the calendar at the date you’ve provisionally arranged to meet up with some friends in the local pub beer garden: It’s more than a month away.
But that’s good, right? At least you’ve got something to look forward to.
But it’s more than a month away. That’s ages.
And now the kids are fighting over the remote control again.
Up and down, round and round, day after day.
But, like all fairground rides, the Coronacoaster will stop. In fact, it’s already slowing down.
And in the meantime, we just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing. Following the rules, staying at home, staying in touch, and looking forward to better times ahead.
Altogether now… “Life is a rollercoaster, just gotta ride it.”