Coming out of lockdown, with it’s Ground hog days. Between sleeping and eating, the hours are a haze. I need to prepare for when the lockdown ends, Which better be soon as I’m forgetting my friends. Out of sight, out of mind as the saying goes But will they recognize Jenny, who only knows. Getting back with friends to unravel this mess Interacting with other to be our best These things we will do once the lockdown ends, So I am getting that list ready to share with my friends.
Living in Melbourne, the unofficial Covid lockdown capital of WORLD, is tiring. This is the city that has been in lockdown for the longest number of day since the Covid pandemic hit. 245 plus days that ended last week, puts us well ahead of Buenos Aires which comes in second, enduring a 234 day lockdown. Yes, Melbourne holds that dubious record. “The most lock down city in the world”. YIKES!!
The restrictions have been hard, with the aim to limit movement and contact. There was a nightly curfew (between 9pm to 5am), in place. Only 5 permitted reasons to leave home, for authorised work, exercise (2 hours a day within a 5 km radius of the home), getting food and supplies, care or caregiving and to get vaccinated. No visiting other people’s houses, no get-togethers. The closing of shopping centres and shops with restaurants and food places being open for take away only. Home schooling.
On Friday 29th October 2021, it all changes. There is an all-state opening up, I suppose, it’s the equivalent of Great Britain’s “Freedom” day. Mind you it does not happened until 6.00 pm est, when retail opens, mask restrictions are eased and we can have move people in our home. The catch is that these “freedoms” only apply to those who are fully vaccinated.
What has changed? Basically our government shifted to a vaccine drive, with a roadmap out of lockdown dependant on 1st and 2nd percentage vaccine rates. These milestones kicked in at 70% 2nd jab, 80% 1st jab, 80 % 2nd jab etc. All confusing as the dates change as these markers are reached. So this Friday, 29th October 2021, the state of Victoria will hit the 80% double dose milepost and will we enter the new “Covid Normal” world. By the end of November the state should hit the 90% double jab milestone, which could be a record to be proud of. Restrictions will be ease for those who are fully vaccinated. For those who are unvaccinated there will be limits on the things they can do and go.
Yes, I consider myself privileged, that I am fully vaccinated. I believe this is the only way to move forward and restrict the effects and damage done by Covid on our community, health system and those we need to care for.
So with the above in mind I feel we, as in the people of Victoria, are leaving the hibernation den after a long hard winter. Already the hairdressers and beauty salons are booked solid as shaggy locks and bear claws are desperately cut, clipped, and coloured. Restaurants are dusting off the tables, and polishing the wine glasses, with barbeques getting rolled out of the shed and being cleaned ready for those magical spring and summer get together. With the announcements and easing of restrictions, combined with spring, there is that feeling of excitement, hope and anticipation in the air.
I been thinking about what I, as Jenny, want to do moving forward and out into this brave new “covid” world after being locked up for so long. I’ll be honest, there have been times when I have found it hard to function; dysphoria, self-doubt and loathing tend to do that to me. Like a stormy weather front, this form of depression passes through, shutting me down and sapping my drive, creativity and hope for the future. Fortunately it moves on, and after repairing the damage, I move on, with Jenny straining to be more visible, to be seen and heard.
A few days ago a storm passed by. It was noticeable but ignored by those around me. To talk about it means facing the elephant in the room, which through lockdown has remained obvious but invisible to the naked eye. Everyone is finding it hard to address issues, so some are just placed in limbo.
I visited my favourite on-line store, Love Daphne. ( https://lovedaphne.com.au/collections/new-arrivals?page=1 ) A new shipment of wonderful vintage style dresses had just been added to the store. So after a few hours of indecision, Jenny took control and I order a new dress. ( https://lovedaphne.com.au/collections/dresses/products/eva-falling-leaves-dress ) A post Covid coming out dress. Hopefully it will arrive soon as I can’t wait to step out in style. So I have a bucket list for the coming spring and summer post Covid. I want this to be Jenny’s time.
Visiting a café and sitting down to watch the world go by.
Shaving my legs and wearing a sun frock to meet friends in the park.
Games night with real people.
Go shopping, not necessary to buy, but just to experience. No rush, no pressure. I want Jenny to be part of the world.
Go to a Seahorse meeting. (When they open up)
Talk to a professional. I feel I am in a holding pattern, with Jenny consistently circling overhead, desperately trying to land.
Due to the lockdown, gains were lost as I have shut down and have withdrawn Jenny from the world. I know I need to reopen communication paths with my wife and restart Jenny’s journey forward.
I would love to hear what other special things you have done to emerge into this “Brave New World”.