If you are reading this, and are on my half of the planet (south of the equator), we are about to make the big leap. We go from a wild, fairly wet and decidedly chilly – at the end – winter to a hopeful Spring.
Hopeful? Yes, we’re hoping that the warmer weather also brings a change to our situation. While we’ve grown accustomed to our current situation we are still in lockdown, even if all the way down at level 2. Also, if we’re being honest, the current lockdown enforcement is in name only. Not even the curfew is valid.
Still, the warmer weather brings … hope. Hope that things will get warmer, and better. Hope that our fortunes will improve, that the virus will go away, that our lives will become normal again.
Maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t. Maybe all the things we hope for will happen, but over a much longer period of time than we anticipate. Through it all it is the hope that buoys us, that carries us and gives to us the motivation to carry on, to keep going to get to that point.
For the northern hemisphere countries, the virus as the weather was warming up as their “good times started rolling in” and predictable behaviour patterns in these conditions obviously affected the spread. For South Africans, the virus arrived as the cold weather started making itself known. Chilly weather and reduced social interaction have played in our favour, so warmer weather is going to drive that socialising. We can hope the viral activity is reduced dramatically before that starts happening.
I have been wondering though, why do we find things simpler when the weather is warmer? My theory is that when it’s warm we need less. Cold weather demands warm clothing, lots of it, thick blankets, more food, more things. When it is warm, we need less of everything, even food. Needing less makes life simpler and that means we stress less about what we have to provide. Summer makes the living easy.
So, I wish you all the warm weather you can handle, and all the stress-free living you can find.
On a final note, did you know that the President of the United States (not the current one, the one previous) has more Grammy Awards than Jimi Hendrix, The Beach Boys, Queen, Janis Joplin or Diana Ross? That’s right, Barack Obama claimed Grammy Awards in 2006 and 2008 for “The Best Spoken Word” album for a total of two. The other artists listed … have not a single Grammy between them.