Did I get your attention? I hope so, but this is not a click bite, this is not another fake news or silly tick-tock video to cheer you up. I really would like to talk about a positive impact of COVID19 lockdown on our future. Obviously, if we will take this lesson seriously. Only if…

I know that Social Distancing is just a term used to tell us what we have to do, keep 2 meters away, ideally, wash our hands every time we touch something and make sure we understand risks of not following those rules. What if we try to look closer and more deeply into this whole Social Distancing thing?

Despite being on lockdown, we making effort to stay connected, look after each other, think more about others and care more. As we have been asked to physically distance ourselves from others close to us, we expand our care and we are looking for new ways to get reconnected on other levels. We have time to talk, to call and ask if people need anything, we think about others in the capacity we wouldn’t even reach on day to day busy living.



Adjusting

We are learning how to work from home, how to buy only essentials, we are finally able to spend time with each other. Covid19 pushed us to think creatively and look for other meanings of work, different ways to reach the same goals with a huge push on life-work balance before we knew how important is that, but we always ignored it.

We also spend less money, we buy less and only necessary items for two reasons – we don’t know if the economy allows us to stay longer home and we will have money, we are thinking more about others, less fortunate, vulnerable, making sure that others will also buy what they need. We have learned how to manage our shopping baskets, our storage cupboards and shops deliveries and staffing also had to adjust to the needs. We are consuming less, producing less waste and saving environment – living one step closer to my dream minimalist life.

Nature

We knew that humankind is the biggest threat to our mother nature. We are heavily polluting our planet, living on the age of no turning back moment in global warming due to carbon footprint. Lockdown changes a lot and we can physically see this huge difference. Nature can heal itself, we don’t need to help her, we just need to lower our emissions, leave heavily polluting and consumption-oriented lifestyle and keep saving our planet, but this time meaningfully, not accidentally, scary and real all thanks to the virus. Cleaner water in Venice canals, less pollution from China factories, swans in Millan, wildlife on the empty streets of Europe.

“We strongly believe that there is huge potential to restore our degraded landscapes at a large scale. Recovery is possible if we choose it.” – Frans Schepers, managing director of Rewilding Europe.



Schooling

I really hope that we will learn a lesson from Covid19 in terms of education. Our schooling systems are outdated and not really efficient. Many parents now had a chance to have a taste of homeschooling and be able to assess educations needs of their own children. Sitting in a class is killing our creativity, killing education. We can learn better by moving around, walking in nature, have interesting conversations while exploring manual craft as building something together, trying to solve some problems or fixing anything needed to be fixed. Shall we rethink our ways of educating the next generations? Teaching biology and ecology without a single trip to the woodlands and forests? Geography without even a small trip outside the classrooms?

Today’s schooling is not teaching us about what’s important, about meaningful stuff. Maybe we should look closer and get back to “walking” education, exploring education, organoleptic and much more individual-based approach other that one fits all?

Vulnerabilities and support

Lockdown exposed many loopholes. Locking down schools affected everyone, but when we look onto children with additional needs we have no alternative for support. Many children with autism thrive when their environment is structured and they are following routine. For example our son, he knew that his day was structured – morning, bus to school, school, return, dinner, time for play, some times he was going to stay with me, over the weekend he was going for soft play and staying at dads.
He’s now 10 and for the last 3 years he coped well with his routine, co-parenting worked well, he was happy. We shared our responsibilities well, he and his sister lead pretty predictable lives, building safe and loving, strong attachment.

Now everything changed, known routine disappeared, even our efforts to introduce new one failed as we didn’t have a chance for a transition period. Our son’s life turned upside down. He refused to leave his house and stay at dads, sometimes he’s not even bothered to change from his jammies. He grew anxious and insecure. Last 5 years of our hard work just gone, out of the window. Challenges growing and we as parents are worried about how this will impact him in the long run.

It’s heartbreaking to watch my son losing his sense of this world, being lost, not able to articulate his emotions, worries, not understanding why everything changed in the world of predictability. For many families, no school means being on alert 24 hours a day, with no respite, no time to take a breath. Locked inside their houses, unable to reach out.

It’s a good moment for all of us to look closely into those changes, take it on board and live closer to mother nature, revise outdated education systems and implement changes giving us a chance for happier lives. This what we all want, yes? Being happier, connected, with the right balance. What’s your take on this?

Niko