Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:10 am
I consider myself to be very fortunate in these circumstances of self-isolation, because this is what most writers do most of the time. Otherwise they would get much less work done on their manuscripts.
I am also fortunate in that one of my main focusses of attention in writing rhyme is to highlight how adversity affects the poor and vulnerable much more than it does the the rich and advantaged. Thus, a Pandemic like this one has thrown up many concepts along those lines for me to concentrate on. I also write a lot abut 'bullying' in its many forms and the behaviour of some people during this difficult time has, predictably, brought out that side of the bully's nature. This too, has given me plenty to think and write about.
In my old-age, my other hobbies have leaned towards gardening, naturewatching, conservation work, and similar activities which are all somewhat self-isolating. So, almost all the things we like doing involve a degree of self-isolation.
We have a daughter who lives in the same town and has offered to shop for us and we have supportive neighbours who have offered the same, so we should not want for the necessities.
From the media reports, it looks as if many of the British people are respnding well to this crisis and trying to do the 'right' things. However, inevitably there are reports of people trying to make money out of difficult situation either by blatently profiteering or by scamming those who are already vulnerable. This, in my view, is only a reflection od what was already going on before the pandemic, but nevertheless, it gives me even more material for my rhymes.
I do miss my face to face work with elderly people, but can appreciate the necessity for them to self-isolate as well. Those who do not have family have been contacted and are reasonably well catered for in terms of food and support. Those already on social media in our area have been encouraged to log in to the facebook site 'We love Hitchin', where they will find many people who will instantly respond to any requests for assistance. We all hope that this pandemic will end as quickly as it started, but I hope that people will learn something from it in terms of what is 'really' important in life. Perhaps the aftermath might see a better human outlook emerging.