Although in the Netherlands we might think we're in the middle of the Corona Crisis right now, we're actually at the very beginning of this. Since the end of January i've been following the news ever more frantically. Watching dark clouds gathering and slowly moving towards us.
The past weeks i've personally been sharing stories, warnings from places the clouds have already reached. I've shared well-conducted research from experts patiently -yet ever more desperately- explaining the situation and stressing we should follow the strict guidelines they laid out. I've been in discussions about this being more than just a flue with more people than i cared for.
We seem to have almost reached consensus about the gravity of this virus in the Netherlands, although the jury on the way we sould respond is still out.
Faced with this evident crisis, i noticed my coping mechanism is to devoure even more information, trying to make sense of it all. And -judging by my FB timeline- i'm not alone in this. Other people cope by finding a reason, someone or something to blame. (please stop doing that: this is nobody's fault and nobody's masterplan - people are dying. Don't be a dick)
Getting through this
We will get through this. There will be an 'After'. And who knows, with all the lessons we're forced to learn, it might be a better After than the Before we're leaving behind. But we're not there yet. Not by far.
So while i'm trying to find a new normality for the family, i need to take a moment to acknowledge:
This sucks, people!
Things that Suck.
It sucks that people are getting sick and dying. It sucks that those Heroes in the hospitals have to work so damn hard every single day, dealing with inhumane situations, forced to face choices nobody wants to ever face. it sucks that society is coming to a near stand-still. It sucks that businesses are toppling over. It sucks that kids can't go to school and see their friends. Not being able to get work done with children in the house, Sucks.
It sucks that some people have to go to work, even though they have a high chance of being infected. It sucks that i can't visit my 70+ parents and give them a good long hug. It sucks to have to explain to the nearly-5-year old that we can't have a Birthday party with friends and family. It sucks that we're defenseless. It sucks that healthcare will be stretched to beyond its limits It sucks that people are getting sick and dying.
The lucky ones
There are so many reasons why we're the lucky ones. Although our healthcare system isn't nearly as good as it is in France or Italy (it really isn't), it's still in considerably better shape than for example Iran's. Supermarkets have enough food (and toiletpaper) to last us for a while. Teachers all over the country have managed to create homeschooling materials within a week. We can call or Facetime our loved ones as much as we like. The Dutch government is trying to provide information and does what it can to help people in need.
But i didn't write this post to put things in perspective. I wrote this to acknowledge that THIS SITUATION SUCKS.
The sooner we allow ourselves to live through that emotion of suckery. the sooner we can get our heads clear for the next round and get to it.
So feel free to, just for a moment, let yourself wallow. It's ok to be sad about this. It's ok to have a slightly queasy feeling in your stomach. It's alright to be annoyed by your life being turned upside down. This Sucks! Covid-19 Sucks!
We'll adapt. We'll learn to make this new reality work. All the while looking forward to the brighter days that'll come.
Practically: of course we'll continue working, the much-needed child-proof office space is almost ready and our workshop is on site.
Our House of Thol webshop is open for business and we're very happy with your order!
I wrote this, because in this crazy situation we can't just act like it's business as usual. Future posts will be all about House of Thol business again.