5.1.2020 – collectively we

collectively we
endure as one but with our
own experience

Concerned about my feelings of anxiety, a friend sent me a link to an article titled, Why ARE we so exhausted during lockdown?” written by By Hayley Richardson For The Daily Mail.

Ms. Richardson writes, “The end of the week usually brings about that ‘Friday feeling’, but for many of us in lockdown each day currently feels like it’s merging into the next.

If you’re not a key worker right now and are working from home, or have been furloughed from your job, you may have found yourself with a great deal more time on your hands.

No commuting and zero socialising – bar the odd call on Zoom – should mean we all feel more relaxed than we usually do in our normal, busy day-to-day lives.

But many people on social media are complaining of feeling unusually tired and lacking in energy and motivation for anything that requires more than getting off their sofas.

The writer brings up the Kubler Ross Change Curve, based on the Kubler Ross 5 Stages of Death.

The stages of change are, Shock, Denial, Frustration. Depression, Understanding, Acceptance and Moving On.

She makes the point, and this is KEY, the curve is very much an individual process and an emotionally led one, too.

Its impact on a personal change journey is just as, if not more, relevant and the Covid-19 threat has plunged us all into one of the greatest change curves ever experienced.

‘Understanding where you might be on the change curve is key – and even more critical is recognizing that you will experience it differently to those around you.’

So where am I on the change curve?

Shocked?

That the whole world has shut down due to flu?

YES!

Denial?

Do I think it WILL NOT HAPPEN TO ME?

YES!

Frustrated?

Not enough time to answer this so leave it at YES!

Depressed?

Another one there is not enough time to answer and besides it would be so depressing so lets just say, YES!

Understanding?

Trying to.

Accepting?

Is there really anything else I can do?

Moving on?

CAN’T WAIT.

Here is my problem, I am at many of the different points of the curve at the same time.

Well, guess what?

Ms. Richardson says that is common as everyone goes through this at their own pace.

So there were are.

All in this together seperately.

Collectively alone.

It is Friday.

It may not be the best thing for me but I am going to get me a beer, to quote Elizabeth Warren and listen to a song.

What song?

Today I nominate this one for everyone.

It is one of my favorites with Hoffman Slides thrown into the show.

Pokarekare Ana sung by ukulenny in New Zealand.

Maori

Pōkarekare ana,
ngā wai o Waiapu
Whiti atu koe hine,
marino ana e.

Refrain

E hine e,
hoki mai ra.
Ka mate ahau
I te aroha e.

Tuhituhi taku reta,
tuku atu taku rīngi,
Kia kite tō iwi
raru raru ana e.

Refrain

English

They are agitated,
the waters of Waiapu,
But when you cross over girl,
they will be calm.

Oh girl,
return to me,
I could die
of love for you.

They are agitated,
the waters of Waiapu,
But when you cross over girl,
they will be calm.

“Pokarekare Ana” is a traditional New Zealand love song, probably communally composed about the time World War I began in 1914. The song is written in Māori and has been translated into English. It enjoys widespread popularity in New Zealand as well as some popularity in other countries.

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