The idea developed as iso restrictions relaxed, and everyone kept saying that life still felt the same as before lockdown. We returned to busy-ness and consumerism. And it was surprising to see, people turning a blind eye to social disparities.
In some homes, lock-down was welcome and comfortable. It was a chance to wind down. Spend time with loved ones. Catch your breath, remember old and find new past times. Some didn't want lock-down to end. For others, it brought health issues, significant fear and adversity. Distance between friends and whanau increased. And not everyone could access help and essentials.
Our lock-downs shifted my own idea of what and who is truly important. And almost everything seemed polarising. Our situations, experiences and opinions vary. I struggle to understand how some don't see the inequity and mahi there is to be done.
Humanity seems a faster spreading problem than the virus on our doorsteps.
We got a glimpse of a slower-paced life that highlighted environmental and social responsibilities. But if it feels like the old normal, that seems a sign we should work together to shape a new normal and to take the opportunity now to sow seeds that inspire. To consider the world we want to live in and leave our children. To do the mahi (work) that shapes a new normal where open-minded, meaningful interactions, showing kindness and compassion to all is the only normal.
Ngatahi. Together, as one, in unity.