I’ve just hung up my peak cap and put away my running shoes for what will be three, four, five weeks – who knows? Can you stock-pile on exercise, I wonder? Yesterday the national reaction on being told we wouldn’t be able to walk our dogs or run or exercise for the entire lockdown period, was horror, despair and outrage – from both sides of the camp. I went for a long run and two walks with my dogs to compensate emotionally for the deficit ahead.
Stock-piling is a horrible human reaction to threat. When we’re afraid we grab what we can to make us feel secure. For you that might be family, or food, friends on Facebook, activities or alcohol. It’s all the same – these are temporary and won’t halt the inevitable… that we have no choice, we must adapt or die (remember Pieter Dirk-Uys’ monumental success with his show by the same name in the 80’s? Many of you might have been tots then) Us SEfricans are fairly good at doing adapting or dying).
So as we head into lockdown, gather those you love close, either at home or virtually. Pray that you won’t commit any acts of violence towards them over the next two weeks – again, physical or virtual. And get ready to go through the long to-do list you’ve accumulated over the years of hamster-wheeling. My Lockdown ToDo List is pasted on my fridge so that whenever I’m feeling anxious and very, very alone, pacing up and down with all the time in the world and no-one to share it with), I can throw a dart (or piece of decaying fruit) at the list to randomly pick an activity. The rule is that I have to do whatever the fruit/dart lands on. I also realised that my Lockdown ToDo List is going to outlive the lockdown. Getting through mine will take the rest of this year. So maybe that makes everything look a lot less pointless.
I’ll also be trying to post my Lockdown Diary notes regularly, if for no other reason than to keep myself entertained and writing fit. If you think you might enjoy sharing my and your lockdown thoughts and experiences (positive only, please!) I’d love you to follow. You can always unfollow when you find something more interesting or your busy social life overwhelms you once more.
In the meantime, fellow South Africans, stay safe, healthy, indoors and SANE. Happy cocooning!
Thursday 26 March, Cape Town, South Africa