Let everything happen to you

How has your week been? It is life, but not as we know it trying to adjust to the new normal. For me, this included trialling online music lessons for my kids and their music teachers, and doing an online yoga class with my girlfriend Nik – whose business has actually increased with the amount of private clients she can now accommodate irrespective of location.

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My new office

I’ve also had Zoom and FaceTime catch ups with friends and family although some are concerned about data privacy with Zoom and prefer Google hangouts and Skype. Whatever platforms you are using, I hope you’ve been connecting with your tribe online – it will become increasingly important as time goes on.

I’ve had a less intense week at work but the situation is precarious in higher education and now, in the professional classes who may have thought they were immune (no pun intended) from the coronavirus. The La Trobe Senior Executive Group made a decision late last week to take a voluntary 20% pay cut – something which has already been instituted in large management consultancies like KPMG. It is sobering as all of us have to deal with the health, and economic, flow on effects of this pandemic. It will be a different world when we come out on the other side.

It’s been great to see Woolworths Priority Assistance and Pick Up service now up and running and I am hoping online grocery shopping with all the major supermarket retailers comes back soon. Mr Rosanna and I dropped in to Leo’s in Heidelberg this morning and while it was quiet when we got there, it ended up being very busy by the time we left mid-morning. While some people were definitely practising social distancing and wearing gloves and/or masks, it was disappointing to see others completely oblivious. I ended up giving a clearly frightened elderly couple our spot at the front of the check out queue so they could leave as quickly as possible and I hope more decency, courtesy and thoughtfulness is shown by all of us at this time. I’ve found it abhorrent that some people of Asian background have been singled out for racist treatment (which is not my experience of most Australians) and that behaviour absolutely should be called out – it is completely unacceptable, un-Australian and out of step with the times.

If you’re not wanting to physically visit a supermarket, Biviano and Sons (fruit, vegetables, bread, meat and dairy) are doing home delivery as well as Organic Origins and the now weekly Alphington Farmers Market is on Sunday (which also offers a pick up service). The flu shot is also out and you should book in as soon as possible with your local GP or pharmacist.

Daylight savings ends this weekend and darker days and nights will soon be with us. It makes it all the more important to keep your spirits up, keep exercising, keep in touch and keep going, whether you feel like it or not. That rainy day has indeed arrived so eat off your good china, break out your best bottle of whatever you have stashed away and dance while you can. My family have been entertaining ourselves by streaming movies and finally watched Jojo Rabbit the other day – it’s a very timely movie if you haven’t seen it and the line from German poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s Go to the Limits of your Longing, which ends the movie, is absolutely beautiful and meaningful right now.

Let everything happen to you. Beauty and Terror. Just keep going. No feeling is final.

 

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Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things arts and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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