Understatement of the year:  these here are crazy times.

I’m experiencing my first truly global event – something that takes up all the headlines, all the bandwidth, all the airspace.  For most of us, the last couple of weeks have been like the synopsis of a movie. One that doesn’t end well for most of the population.

This virus has pricked us Aussies in the underbelly.  We’re known for our disregard for authority, our she’ll-be-right attitude, and our mateship – none of which serve us in a fight against a bug that requires us to do what we’re told, be extra-vigilant, and self-isolate.

I’m being as careful as I can.  I’ve moved my caseload online (yes it’s a little different, but I’m so grateful I can keep supporting clients – and that I can still work!), my partner scuttles out early morning to avoid crowds at the shops, and we’re lucky to have a house and garden we love to inhabit.  And I think we’re all very lucky to have the advanced systems of communication that are available to us.  I’ve seen more of my friends around the world and Australia in these last two weeks than I have the rest of the year – everyone’s available to take a call!

But I do feel a deep sadness – not only for those dying and those experiencing death, but for those faced with the uncertainty of unemployment, those in unsafe houses, those stranded in foreign countries and those on the front line dealing with an enemy they can’t see.  It’s made me quite anxious to see the world as we know it grinding to a halt.  It’s utterly unique and deeply distressing.

All I can control right now are my actions.

So I’m doing my best to follow protocols.  I’m not hoarding.  I’m keeping respectful distance.  If I had masks, I’d wear them.  I’m looking at flowers appreciatively and noticing the trees are turning for autumn.  I’m asking people how they are and connecting in the ways I can.  And I believe we will get through this.  A little bruised and battered in heart and mind, but in one piece.  As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch if this article resonates with you in light of your situation.

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Disclaimer: This article contains the views of the author and is not a replacement for therapeutic support. Please reach out to a registered therapist if you are experiencing distress and require assistance.