In all my years writing on this blog, not once have I ever spoken about anything on this kind of scale. It’s A Dull Life has always been a place for me to post about what inspires me – editorials from fashion magazines, film and music and celebrity style. Anecdotes from my life and pictures of what I’ve been up to. It feels strange to switch the topic to something that still feels very foreign to me and COVID-19 is exactly that.
With the above in mind, It’s A Dull Life is also a place where I document my life and it’s scary to admit that the COVID-19 pandemic has already begun to affect my life. Not just mine, but everybody’s. That’s a pretty mind-boggling concept. While I still don’t understand a whole lot about it, I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t that interested in what was going on overseas until the virus reached Australian shores. I’m not proud of it, but that’s the truth. I was baffled when I heard that people had started hoarding toilet paper and other goods here but I assumed it would be a short-lived phase.
When Italy went into lockdown I watched an Australian woman on the news being interviewed. “Wow, I guess the virus is really bad in Europe”, I thought. When US-based bloggers and influencers I follow on Instagram started documenting their experience social distancing, again, I thought “that seems a little extreme.” But as the days passed, it became apparent that there was a global trend and we were not exempt from it. As I write this, we are half-way through March. Non-essential events of over 100 people have been banned in Australia and all major events for at least the next 6 months have been cancelled. This means we won’t have an Anzac Day service to attend. Our 2020 football and rugby season will be held behind closed doors. The Grand Prix, The Royal Easter Show and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – it’s not a thing. We now have a complete international travel ban and those of us who are returning from overseas are required to self-isolate for 14 days. In comparison to some of the other countries affected, this doesn’t seem so bad. But I can’t help but feel overwhelmed at the prospect of what happens next. It’s hard not to notice the progression of cases in other countries grow at an alarming rate. Will factories shut down? Will we have limited access to food? Will Australia also be locked down? Only time will tell.
It’s been fascinating hearing the different opinions on COVID-19 from friends, family and on my social media feed. Most of us have had the luxury of never experiencing real hardship in our lives. We haven’t fought wars or lived through a famine. We haven’t experienced anything even close to what we’re currently going through. (Where we are currently, mind you, is just the tip of the iceberg.) For that reason, I have noticed a trend of downright refusal to accept the facts from some of my peers. Denial, if you will. “Everyone just needs to calm down”. I am continually seeing Facebook and Instagram posts about things that are completely irrelevant to this worldwide pandemic we find ourselves stuck in. “Felt cute, might delete later.” I completely understand that perspective because I too have had it easy my whole life. It’s never been particularly hard before, why would it get hard now? Nevertheless, some of those opinions (or lack thereof) have been, at times, hard to stomach. And mere days later, I have only seen those views drastically change.
Earlier this year when we experienced intense, statewide bushfires there was a huge gang of Australians banding together to raise funds for affected communities. My social media feeds were completely saturated with unverified “statistics” of the fires, angry rants aimed at our Prime Minister and an urge to donate, donate, donate. Like all major events, the best and worst of people was brought out. It’s been quite astounding to see how different the public response to COVID-19 has been, however. No longer is this a problem that an isolated group of people are facing – it’s on a worldwide scale. It might be easy to make fun of those hoarding toilet paper, but if you run out and have limited access to it, what are you going to do when you see one pack left at the supermarket? When survival mode kicks in, people will do whatever they can to keep afloat. The reality is, this virus has and will continue to bring out the worst in people.
Hopefully, though, it will bring out the best too. If there’s anything I have been reminded of over the last couple of days, it is the importance of checking in with family and friends. In this modern age, we have the luxury of technology. If we have to self isolate, or social distance, at least we have the internet. That and the knowledge that every single one of us is in this together.
With the concept of social distancing quickly gaining momentum, it wouldn’t be unrealistic to expect that much to change on this little blog of mine. I already take a lot of pictures at home and most of my content is sourced online in the safety of my home. With that being said, I can’t help but feel that some of my usual posts just feel a little tone-deaf right now. Most of my thoughts are pretty consumed with this pandemic and my heart just isn’t in it right now. As we grow used to this becoming our new normal, I’m sure my mindset will shift. But for right now it just feels wrong to try and cater my content to suit COVID-19. And trust me, I could really go to town. “Best Netflix Shows to Binge Watch During a Pandemic”, “COVID-19 Home Workout Inspiration”. “My Favourite Outfits to Self-Isolate In”. Trust me, I’m not short of ideas. Blogging feels good to do, and I sincerely hope I feel inspired to keep it up throughout this experience. What that looks like exactly, I don’t know yet.
I hope you are feeling ok during this time of anxiousness. Fear of the unknown is definitely something I struggle with but I’m hoping we can band together and help each other through this period. I have had some great conversations with people that give me hope and I know the Lord’s hands are all over this. If you’re not sure where you stand in this world made up of billions – now is your opportunity to really consider what that means.
I’d love to hear your thoughts below.