One year ago today, the first lockdown was enforced. This is not an anniversary to celebrate but to reflect and remember those who have lost their lives in the past year. But we also have to remember to keep hope, we will see better days.
We have faced a challenge as we have never faced before, humanity has been tested to a level we could have never imagined. Who would have thought that basic human interaction would become such a worry and ultimately become forbidden to an extent?
People have missed out on landmark moments, special occasions and above all else the simple things in life. Weddings have been postponed, soulmates forced to wait to tie the knot, graduation ceremonies cancelled, students who worked endlessly for years had their crowning moment taken away.
Some of us have been unable to see our family, the people we hold closest to us and share those special moments with. We have been unable to see our mates, a simple trip down the pub has become almost a thing of the past. More heart-wrenching, is the thought of being distanced from our partners, the people we love the most and want to spend every day with.
The livelihoods of many have been taken away leaving them in precarious positions, unable to cope and make ends meet. Not only is the financial impact devastating but the mental impact is greater.
The lives of innocent people have been lost, far too many never got to say their final goodbyes to people closest to them. No one should have to leave this world alone without just one final farewell.
It might be hard to believe things will get better, it is understandable after the horrid year we have experienced. But nothing lasts forever and we will see the light at the end of the tunnel, better days are ahead.
Make sure you tell your family you love them, check up on your mates, and remember you are loved by so many people.
Together we will get through this.