I went to the co-op near us today. I saw a fair few amount of people. Whenever I see people in the street, I make a point of smiling at them.
Usually, poeple smile back.
Recently, people do not smile back.
I saw a young mother with a baby in a pram, who crossed to the other side of the street when I entered into it. When I smiled she looked away.
I saw another mother and her daughter who were scribbling ‘Be kind’ and ‘Stay Safe’ on the walls with chalk. As I neared them, the mum called her daughter to her, and they hurried onto someone’s drive.
Just because we have to be two metres apart does not mean we have to be socially distant.
A smile will not transmit the virus. It made my heart sad, but I understand that this distrust that is infecting our society is only the result of self preservation, and the attempt to protect each other. I never expected us all to distrust each other this gravely.
To try to combat this in some small way, I want to try to spread some positivity and help where I can. I understand that a post may not do a lot, but I hope it can help someone, somewhere feel less alone. I have started to write ‘Quarantine Tips’ which are posts that will focus on trying to make the best of a bad situation and how we can help our mental health during this time. They will be out on Fridays, the first of which is coming this Friday, and will be on making cosy quarantine areas. If you have any ideas of posts you want to see, please let me know. I would love for this to be an open dialogue where we can all talk again.
I hope that everyone keeps talking to each other, and keeps smiling. This too will pass.
Sending our love,