2020 what a year!
It started off quite exciting. I was flown out to Saudi Arabia to provide
the first of a series of communication skills courses. Then everything
changed. The curtain came crashing down on our own entertainments
business in late February as lockdown loomed. Every booking was
cancelled and at the very same time I heard a rumour that my day job
was at risk. Lockdown was brought in. I transitioned to home-working.
We managed to fly our youngest home from university and she
continued her studies and dance classes in our makeshift dining-room
come dance-studio at home. She went on to graduate, remotely too.
Having the family home did mean we could supply a video of Lindy
Hop for Liberation Day – we shall not be defeated! And a tiny bit of
filming for a certain housewives programme too.
I think I missed hugging the most, friends shouting greetings through
the kitchen window was never going to be the same.
My redundancy was communicated mid-year over Zoom. It was a role I
loved and the news came as a much tougher blow than I had expected.
I am naturally positive but I took it personally. The marketplace was
saturated with job-seekers and I wasn’t looking forward to no income
during the remainder of the year or Covid-19. Perhaps the stars were
aligned in my favour though because I was immediately offered
another role. It helped me cope with being ‘dumped’ and now that I am
in a new place I love it. I work with a brilliant team making a difference
to the Island, working with a real sense of purpose.
With no choreography lessons to give I began teaching tap dance
classes over Zoom for free. The weekly class gave me a sense of time
and place and accountability to the students. It became my ‘normality’
- if you can call filming yourself from an ironing board with a GoPro and
tap shoes normal.
So, looking back, what have I done with the extra time? I’ve improved
my yoga headstands with Mike Canas, embraced Mary Kondo
clothes folding, been blackberry picking and made sorbet, tried lots
of new vegan recipes, made a disastrous hazelnut brittle (more like
soft sponge than brittle) and eaten hundreds of home-made loaves
of wholemeal bread.
I have also continued my journey with the Wim Hof method under the
careful eyes of local instructor Russ Allchin ‘on line’. Ice Baths are a
great way to test your mental focus. The toughest bit for me has been
watching the events and entertainment industry that I love, just fall over
– with little to no support from the various powers that be. I don’t know
what the answer will be either.
2020 what a year!