A year ago, when the first reports of Covid-19 reaching beyond the borders of China started surfacing, the Overstrand was still recovering from a busy season and businesses were readying themselves for the rest of the year.
Little did we know what a devastating impact the Coronavirus would have on our lives. Looking back, we have had to adapt so much in such a short period of time. Words like lockdown and social distancing were unknown to us, and the idea of having to don a face mask every time we stepped out of the house, let alone not being allowed to set foot on a beach did not even cross our minds.
And although the virus and its impact will stay for us for a long time yet, we have so much to be thankful for. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, surrounded not only by the splendour of nature but also the warm heart of a caring community. So many individuals, businesses and organisations have reached out to help others during this difficult time, even while facing their own challenges.
While it is only natural at times to feel overwhelmed by Coronavirus-fatigue, now is not the time for us to stop caring. During the first wave of infections last year, the crisis still felt abstract to many of us, but with this second wave we all know someone who has fallen ill or died. We are all feeling the impact more intensely, and our livelihoods are being threatened as never before.
Being faced with death and hardship every day changes our outlook on life. We develop more appreciation for things we used to take for granted – the love and support of our loved ones, the warmth that friendship brings, the enjoyment of a nutritious meal. Let us not forget to show our appreciation by reaching out to our neighbours, especially the sick and the hungry. We need to do this now, more than ever before. We are not alone; we are in this together. Let us share the little we do have, for tomorrow we might need the same from others.
There is an old saying: When you are going through hell, just don’t stop. Let’s not stop.