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.
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.