Down Down

There was someone on the golf course yesterday, trying to pretend they weren’t playing. He was in his early 20’s, on a bike. I suspect he probably just wanted to be out of the house because of circumstances that can be totally imagined and sympathised with. Right now, lots of things are precariously balanced. When everything returns to what the majority consider as ‘normal’ this country will have irrevocably altered.

This is, like it or not, still very early days.

This journey was begun some time ago, the realisation that there is no way out will yet to have fully registered. Once Easter is done, and schools don’t go back until the Autumn Term, some people will still not register they were the problem. These are the people who push into distancing queues at the supermarket (and they do, husband has come home with a story from each trip) and do not get the need for such things, because their lives are more important than anything else.

It’s ironic, of course, that for years I’ve told people with utter belief that what they see and hear on their social media feeds is entirely up to them: they get to choose how life works. The grim reality of inevitability however now highlights just how dangerous it is to shut out the opinions you don’t like, that frighten you or that you don’t want to hear. All of that means, when reality can’t be shut out any longer, nowhere feels safe any more.

It’s like me stating I wouldn’t talk about COVID 19 here again.

There are inevitables here, and moments of predictability that make you realise that if people really are that dumb, continuing to parrot the same tired rhetoric regardless of circumstance… the election of the new Labour Party leader was a case in point. It took an hour for dissenters to appear, complaining there could never be any unity for a party who never properly demonstrated viable opposition for years.

Here’s the thing: this is life, now. This is ALL you have. Perhaps be more considerate of a health service at breaking point. Perhaps don’t lament stuff won’t happen and focus on what can. Most importantly, do not be the selfish cunt who decides that ‘I’m fine so that’s all that matters’ because people are dying and at some point somebody you know will get sick and when that happens, it is already too late.

Amazingly, you are a part of humanity.

Time to act like you deserve that label.