Cyprus, May 2020
At this point it’s quite incredible to think we’re 2 months after the first few announcements that Cyprus had incoming cases of Coronavirus.
We have all gone through a a whirlwind of emotions. Fear, turned into uncertainty, turned into loneliness, denial, sadness, acceptance, happiness, gratitude, need for contribution. We’ve seen the earth heal, realized deeply who the real heroes of this world are, discovered ourselves and learned to appreciate hugs.
And now, days before the official lift of some of the more strict measures, it’s almost like I can feel the anticipation rising.
So how do we do this? How do we not all just unleash outdoors? Personally, I believe it’s by keeping other people at heart and mind. Think of your grandparents that need you to be careful for them. Think of your work mates that have a loved one in a vulnerable group. Think of your friend battling with anxiety and needing you to respect their boundaries.
Now, more than ever, when we step out of our homes, we need to keep at heart that keeping our distance, we can be gifting someone else Life itself.
So, here’s how I’m handling this weird, crazy, coming out of Quarantine but not really kinda time!
#1: I’m keeping rules of physical distance.
In every case I can and it’s possible, I will be keeping myself to sufficient distance from others around me. I’m aware that some people are not that keen on that and are more relaxed about it, and I respect that. But I am not. And although at times this could portrait me on the.. well, ‘uncool’ kinda side of the spectrum, this is what I’m comfortable with. And I will voice it. And if someone doesn’t hear it, I will voice it again.
Why? I want the day I hug my grandparents, the day I greet my loved ones with a kiss and a hug, the times I share with all the people I love to come sooner than later. But I also want them Safe. And if I can help it, I’m keeping it that way
#2: I’m cautious about someone else’s personal space
I’m not assuming someone else is okay with me being close. I’m asking if they are. Making sure they feel comfortable first. I understand that situations like these can spark anxiety and stress for a lot of us. I admit, it does get too much at times, but in the uncertainty of this entire situation, grasping what I can do to bring me peace helps me the most.
#3: Keeping all the hygiene guidelines
Washing hands frequently, antiseptic with me, gloves when I’m out in public space, avoiding common touchpoint at work, avoid touching face and all that
How are you handling the end of the first phase? Leave a comment below!