Well, what a strange, beautiful, sad, frustrating, and thought-provoking
year 2020 has been for me. Starting with the usual optimism and
excitement for the 12 months ahead, with lots planned and events to
do, little did I know that a catastrophic virus was about to change the
world we live in and the way we do things,
On the lead up to lockdown, I remember watching the news and thinking
that the virus would stay in China, how wrong was I! So lockdown came
and I basically worked through it, classed as an essential worker, one
of the lucky ones as many of my friends found themselves out of work. I
remember the first week, going down to the beach and the silence was
haunting, only the sound of birds and the ocean. One of the positives
of the year was that there were no noisy cars, boats, or planes. The sky
was so clear, the stars sparkled like never before, the world had pushed
a reset button. Then the tragedy of the virus started to affect me. You
would worry about family and friends and the brave workers at the
hospitals. It was all very emotional, always remembering to clap on a
Thursday from the balcony, as the year went on.
Then the frustration of events cancelled kicked in, as a big lover of
live music and festivals. Disappointment turned to anger as I am
actively involved with gigs and the thriving music scene in Jersey. It
was devastating for me and the promoters whose living had been
taken away by COVID that nothing was going to happen this year!
Of course, it was a sacrifice that had to happen to tame the virus.
Perspective was everything, not selfishness! Luckily we had the hottest
summer for 20 years and living in Jersey that’s no bad thing. So when
they relaxed the laws I spent most of my free time on the beach and
enjoying the ocean. Friends could come for barbecues and social
drinks. All was not lost.
So I personally feel we will all appreciate the people and things we love
most when all this is over. I was one of the lucky ones, others not so, and
I’m grateful for that. Our resilience has been tested so let’s all look out
for each other and come back stronger.