Throughout this period, we are constantly bombarded with the impact that Covid-19 has had on the whole world and for some of us it has been devastatingly close to home. Pondering on the impact I also wanted to get a personal perspective from someone that contracted the virus. The following story was graciously provided by Hansel and Gretel (pseudonyms) as told by Gretel:
Wearing face masks, practicing social distancing and frequently washing our hands may help limit the transmission of the pandemic. What are we doing to prevent the virus affecting our mental state? It’s normal to experience traumatic stress, anxiety and depression following such disturbing events. It is not necessarily limited to the people who are directly affected by the event. We’re all flooded with horrific images of tragedy, suffering, and loss almost the instant they occur anywhere in the world. We all react differently to these events but it is important to acknowledge our emotions and feelings in order to regain control of our lives.
By now I am sure that many of us has seen iconic buildings lit up in red to bring attention to the plight of the live events industry #LightSAred campaign. The live events industry range from artists to freelancers, theatres and venues, equipment suppliers and various companies and businesses that have been unable to work since the blanket ban on all events due to the Coronavirus. Similar initiatives have successfully taken place across the world where buildings, monuments, landmarks, structures and empty theatres have been illuminated in “Emergency Red” to highlight the enormous challenges facing live events, music and performing art sectors.
It’s winter, it’s cold, we are in lockdown and now we also have power interruptions also known as load-shedding. Load shedding plus lockdown is enough to drive anyone crazy. I found myself humming the tune of “Livin’ la Vida Loca” a song performed by Ricky Martin. La vida loca is Spanish for “the crazy life.” I have been spending lockdown days with my girls, watching all the episodes of Avatar. I love the uplifting words of the opening sequence of the Avatar that we (myself and my girls) would all rush to say at the start of an episode: “I believe Aang can save the world.” I wish we had a Aang that can save the world. See what I mean, crazy, right?