What is normal?

I know my blogs have been particularly focussed on lockdown and the impact of it recently and it’s good to see we’re heading out the other side (gently!).

I think we’ve adapted to changes as they’ve been introduced, with most people doing what needs to be done with minimal fuss.

When I speak to people we talk about the ‘new normal’, but what does that even mean?

It’s hard to define normal for anybody, and it means different things to different people – some people have still had a relatively ‘normal’ life throughout lockdown, and others have had their lives turned upside down.

I like to think about life before lockdown, but that doesn’t always help, and I’m trying to work out what ‘normal’ would look like for me and the rest of my family in the future?

Normal feels like me getting back to work.  Normal feels like going out for dinner with family without having to stand on a dot, to ensure I stay away from other people.  Normal feels like going to the supermarket and not having to follow arrows and one-way systems.

I think this a long way off.

As I write this, I have a million thoughts running around my head, making sure I’m properly prepared to reopen the studio.  This is a day I’ve been waiting for since the enforced lockdown in March…. but I’m a bit nervous.

I’ve pored over all of the information released by the Government, and put all the procedures and safety measures in place.  I want everyone to be safe, and I would love for everything to go back to how it was before.  But it can’t.

We have the impending compulsory wearing of masks in shops and other places (for the UK) starting tomorrow, which is another normal we have to get used to, albeit temporarily.  We have no idea what other safety measures will be put in place in the future.

It’s obvious that we’ve changed throughout the whole COVID-19 episode (which definitely isn’t over yet), but it will be interesting to see how much.

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