I’ve been quiet on the blog for the last few months. Life had gotten busy with work and social commitments. Plus, having put my travels on hold to live and work in Melbourne, keeping up a travel blog has been challenging and I have been working on other projects instead. However last week, like so many people all across the world, my life was suddenly put on hold. After finding myself with both my physical and financial freedom taken away from me, I thought it was time for a comeback to this space.
Coronavirus is all that anyone can talk about right now and I don’t think many of us realised just how much it would affect our day to day lives and possibly, our lives in the future.
Aside from the health implications, coronavirus has meant a (hopefully temporary) pause to life as we know it. Jobs are being lost all over the place- including (by the looks of it)-my own. Businesses are closing and many will not reopen. Our freedom has been taken away as cultural centres and public transport shut. Many of us will now be forced to abide by curfews or lockdowns. It seems like something unreal, like a bad dream that all of us are hoping we’ll wake up from.
Here in Australia, we’re late to see the effects of the coronavirus and while it has already caused havoc in Europe and Asia, it’s only just getting started here.
Being late to the game means that we have the advantage: we can learn by what has happened in other countries and take preventative measures. However, only time will tell.
Seeing Melbourne, a city that is usually so alive and vibrant, reduced to quiet streets is devastating. Everything looks the same but it is deserted and there is an air of melancholy in the air. Like my cafe, many small businesses have been forced to reduce their hours or shut down entirely. Everything that makes Melbourne the worlds’ most livable city: its restaurants, its bars, its galleries and its events, are on hold.
Public transport is empty, the same goes for the supermarket shelves. There’s a constant battle between stocking up on produce but not depleting it for others, on self-isolating but also trying to keep small businesses afloat, on preventing the spread of this virus while protecting our own mental and physical health.
Here in Australia and in the rest of the world, we don’t know what the next few weeks will hold. I, like so many others, are taking it day by day, even hour by hour. In the meantime, we all just have to sit tight. We must take it for granted that we are blessed with the internet and platforms like this and social media, where we can communicate, even from the confines of our home.
We must value those savings that we have and the people that we have around us. We must do the best that we can do to keep on living the very best that we can at the moment, until normal life as we know it, can resume.
Keep positive guys.