5 Things Tuesday (on Wednesday): Feelings

Dr Tanya is our host for the 5 Things series and this week her question is

5 ThingsTuesday: Feelings / Emotions you felt most often during the Pandemic
The Covid 19 Pandemic is far from over. It has been around for 14 to 18 months (depending on when it hit your region). This is long enough for you to recognise the feelings/emotions you have experienced most often.

What 5 things have you felt most often during the pandemic?

When things first started to make the headlines, we reacted and people laughed at us, saying we were over reacting and it was nothing worse than the ‘flu. We continued to take precautions, mask up, sanitize, socially distance, avoid strangers, and didn’t care how other people saw us. We were looking out for ourselves, and our friends, because our government weren’t.

The strongest emotion has been anger.
Anger at our leaders for their delay in response, putting money and business before lives,
and doing too little too late. We felt anger at strangers coming to our town with no respect for it or its residents. Last Summer saw vandalism in B&Bs whose owners could not afford extra outlay, dirt, dog mess, litter, and ignorance. The area’s numbers rocketed.

On the back of that, the original emotion felt for the Clap for the NHS was one of disbelief as if that could make things better.
However, this soon changed to one of caring as it brought our community together.
Every week residents would stand outside clapping and banging pots, but I didn’t see it as for the NHS. It was for everyone here, proving to each other that we were still around, we were holding our own, and letting friends and neighbours know we were OK.

Resentment came next………..
One rule for the rich and privileged, one for the general public. We were all expected to toe the line, do as we were told, yet those in a position of ‘trust’ blew it all apart as they travelled where they wanted and when, without repercussions or reprimand.

I think our personal strongest emotion has been one of survival.
We would not be beaten, we pushed for vaccinations to be administered locally, not just for ourselves, but for the aged population here, some of which were extremely vulnerable and The Powers That Be had no concept that most could not travel long distances or have the means to fund private transport.

It is still a mess.
Covid won’t go away, restrictions such as the wearing of masks and social distancing have been lifted, and visitors coming to our town behave as if the last 18 months haven’t happened.
Well these figures say otherwise (as at 5th October source)

Which brings me back to anger, the number one on my list.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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11 Responses to 5 Things Tuesday (on Wednesday): Feelings

  1. murisopsis says:

    I think I can honestly say that your 5 emotions mirror my own. I’m starting to lose any sympathy for the new cases of COVID. There are plenty of free vaccines available and if you get coronavirus it is because you didn’t follow the rules – mask, vax, distance!

  2. I did read, maybe my bad. 🤔 but I agree with you, so it wasn’t triggering at all. I am shocked, if not surprised that the USA (on the chart you shared) is #1 in the new cases and so forth (all the categories). There are vast numbers of dim wits wandering around here without a keeper! I get odd looks when I go in the store wearing my mask, and stranger looks still when I snarl at some asshole who thinks standing right next to me and grabbing something off a shelf, or in line behind me, is a good idea. Eh. It’s one time I suppose being a touch cra-cra works. 😉 Great post btw! Bravo on your community doing the Clap effort. Here (state side) they couldn’t agree on what color the sky is on any given day, let alone band together to do something to boost spirits.

    • Thanks Melanie. I stopped looking at the figures every day because it was too depressing. Those in the UK have rocketed and not that long ago we were in position 7! Now look at us!!
      We too get odd looks wearing our masks, and today we were the only ones in town.

  3. Carol anne says:

    We all need to look out for ourselves in the pandemic! I agree with you Di! Anger is a strong contender for me too! I also felt a lot of fear and sadness! X

  4. Our government messed things up too, doing too little,too late.

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