Living through a nationwide “lockdown” in 2020 has revealed many things to a lot of people. For me, the first word that springs to mind is resilience. As a nation, we have demonstrated strength, solidarity and sheer bravery to prevent and protect ourselves and loved ones from the coronavirus strain, Covid-19. Sadly, many lives were indeed claimed by the virus, and life as we once knew it has been drastically transformed. This feeling of anger, upset and heartbreak will never go away. Let us not forget these people that will remain in our hearts and minds.
Adjusting to the “new normal” has been difficult for many people. Freedoms that we once had now feel manipulated, and in some cases, taken away entirely (depending on which side of the fence that you sit upon). But it is so important that we do not lose sight of the positive things that we have done and learnt in this global crisis. Children from Generation-Z won’t ever forget the time in their lives that they had school at home all day, or stood on their doorsteps each Thursday evening at 8pm to applaud the NHS staff and careworkers who were working tirelessly to protect and save lives.
Adults have also learned plenty during this lockdown- if they let their minds relax and open to new possibilities. Whether it was a new language we picked up, or finally started reading that book we have been meaning to start for months. There have been so many opportunities to better ourselves and channel our enthusiasm in an array of different hobbies throughout these past fifteen weeks.
Above all of the extra-curricular skills that we developed this year, the biggest skill that we cultivated was our resilience. Not old-fashioned ‘stiff upper lip’ Britishness, but an explosion of togetherness, working alongside our front-line staff and community to keep the country moving. If there is one thing that we should be proud of in years to come, it is the way in which we linked arms, chanted, dance and sang our way through the Covid-19 crisis of 2020.
Source for Generation Z: Kim Parker and Ruth Igielnik, ‘What We Know About Gen-Z So Far’, Pew Research Center, 14 May 2020.