It is 08.00 am on Friday 23 April 2021, two hundred and thirty-four days from the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year.
Getting to work on our guestimate of how, as safely as possible, to coexist with SARS-CoV2
We are absolutely determined not to simply repeat in this coming year what we did and what we did not do last year because of the virus – life became just too repetitive, too boring, too mind-numbing, too simplistic, too restrictive, and now too intolerable! The whole exercise, although absolutely essential, fell a long way short of satisfying even our basic personal and family mix of physical, mental, social and recreational needs. We only put up with it all because of the expectation that this year would see an end to the pandemic. So, in response, we are absolutely determined to expand our family horizons (whatever that means at this stage?) for this second year of the pandemic, and, as we get on with the job, we are equally determined to fully maintain our guard against SARS-CoV2 in not exposing ourselves in any way to any new risks or higher levels of existing risk of catching the virus.
The starting point
We have done enough naming and shaming and blaming in our blogs already. It was not primarily just to be critical and vent our frustrations. It had a positive purpose. Knowing what happened, knowing who caused it to happen, knowing why it happened and knowing, or at least having a good idea of, how much of what went wrong could have completely avoided if only the right decisions had been made and the right measures put in place – this post-mortem analysis gave us more than enough understanding and confidence to set out five fundamental ‘new horizon’ guiding principles as our framework for developing our own very personal family plan to live well and safely and enjoyably long term in the shadow of SARS-CoV2:
Transforming what feels like a nightmare into a seriously challenging opportunity for a better life
OK, we have our modus operandi. We have the limits to what we can and cannot do AND what we will and will not do. We have the urge to eliminate our frustrations. We have the commitment. Time to get in the boat and take the helter-skelter ride down this very turbulent, rock-filled, river of life.
By John Saunders
World Health Communication Associates (WHCA) & INSPIRIT Creatives UG NGO,
MediaWise and MediaFocusUK
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