A few months ago one evening whilst I had a couple of hours to myself I remember watching TV. Flicking the channels trying to find something at least half decent to watch I came across a film, another disaster movie...the end of the world scenario...everyone panicking...you get my drift!
You start to think to yourself, would it really be like this? Would mankind really panic like this? Or is it just Hollywood over exaggerating as per usual.
But with the current situation I think for once Hollywood may have actually hit the nail on the head!
Watching videos of people fighting over toilet paper seems unfathomable but its happening (and has happened), shelves in the supermarkets being stripped bare, people having to rely on food banks to get basic foods as they can't any from their local shops.
It's actually unthinkable in this day and age and yet here we are actually facing these problems.
And now we are being confined to our homes, only allowed out for necessities, walk your dog or daily exercise or to work if you're a key worker. Never in any of my family generations lifetime has anything like this come up and yet here we are.
So how do we cope in this time? How do we carry on trying to bring some normality into our children's lives when we can't do the simple pleasures like go to the beach (which my son loves to do and were lucky enough it's only 5 minutes down the road).
I have to admit it's me who is struggling with this whole situation. My kids are doing absolutely fine, apart from not being able to go to the beach! We are very fortunate to have a big enough back garden for them to play in and ride their bikes etc. Me on the other hand, I'm not faring so well. I've had to close my business for the time being as its a shop on the high street and not essential. With not knowing how long this is going to last and if we are going to get any help from the government my future in business is very much up in the air. It's like having my third child taken away from me, I've put so much of time and money into this business that to now be told to close it's been really tough.
Don't get me wrong I'm so grateful for the time I get to spend with my children and to finish off those jobs I've been putting off at home but I feel so lost. I'm wracking my brain thinking of ways I can get on with my business without having to break curfew put peoples lives in danger. The only obvious way is going online which is an essential part of any business anyway these days. However for me it's been getting our shop name out there so people know where to find us so we can revive our high street. So now to get everyone to buy online it seems to go against everything I have been campaigning for, for the last four years!
However needs must in this time. So here I go at building an online business with every other quarantined desperate business owner trying to keep their head above water.
How long will this current global pandemic last for? Well who knows but what I do know is that sitting there worrying about it is not going to get me anywhere.
I have been given the gift of time. And I'm not going to waste another second of it.
I'm half way through that book I've been wanting to read for ages. Decluttering. Gardening. Baking with the children. I am so grateful for the time to be able to do this.
So how are you all spending your time? Are you using it wisely?
Stay safe everyone