Thursday evening I took a walk, needing to get out and get some fresh air after a day of listening to talks and lectures. I took my phone and headphones and decided to treat myself to one of the playlists put together at the latter end of 2020. I called it Headspace November 2020. Original huh?
It is full of Michael Bolton, Cher, Tina Turner, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna, Phil Collins and other such artists of the 1990s. It is rather cheesy but I was a teenager when these songs and artists were popular, and somehow in this extremely blue January in 2021, I found much comfort singing along to this in the rain on a dark and cold evening.
It did get me thinking…
…as I was ‘singing’, making dramatic gestures and little dances moves (it’s good for my back). I got track number 15 Cher’s ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ not only was I consumed with thoughts about whether I would make change in any of the personal choices I have made in my own life,
I also wondered, what would we do if could turn back time in this pandemic?
It’s been a grim week when we have had to face the news that the death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 100,00 death. So utterly sad. A complete tragedy. My Facebook feed and my one friends alerted me to this Guardian article by Professor Devi Sridhar who is the Chair of Global Public health at the University of Edinburgh Medical School. In this piece she talks about five ways the government could have avoided 100,000 Covid deaths. It makes for sad reading almost a year on from those early months of 2020. I have written a summary of her points taken from that article.
And now we are in the era of vaccines, who gets them, when do we get them, who pays, how much do we pay, is it fair, is it equitable, and so on and so forth…
…and don’t mention the anti-Vaxxers
And while all these thoughts are swirling around my head, I continue to sail through my play list with other songs/song-titles on my playlist, activiting the dark humor that is within me this month.
I would do anything for love (but I won’t do that) aka I would do anything for the people (but I won’t lockdown)
or later when we are totally fed-up
We Don’t Need Another Hero aka We Don’t Need Another Lockdown
Coming Around Again – another lockdown!!
Stuck With You – take your pick:
the person you are in lockdown with
the current government for the next x years
Miss You Like Crazy – taking holidays
Soul Provider aka PPE provider
Eh-hem, onto more serious things…
So at the end of her article Professor Devi talks about how we must not sink into gloom and doom but look forward to getting out of this crisis. She talks about having a concrete plan and strategy which would include:
It feels like a formidable task…
But we are British, right, we got this, world-beating…
In the mean time we support each other and we think of the families of those 100,000 people who’s lives haved ended in such tragic circumstances.
We all have pain, we all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow
Lean on me
When your’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on…
For all the people that truely truely did their best and continue to do so.
For all the frontline workers and the ones behind the scenes.
Everyday, literally putting their lives on the line while we work our way out of this nightmare.
Can we learn from all the mistakes of the past year and take stock and strength from what was done well.
I hope so.