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Covid and Our Life.

It’s a scary time to be alive.

Last week as the Coronavirus pandemic moved across the globe the world was brought to a halt.

I’m not sure what to say here but it’s safe to say that nearly everyone is hurting right now in one way or another. My heart goes out to you. 

Our family is dependant on the Events Industry which got wiped out overnight. All those at the forefront of the things that bring us together, create joy and fun and wonderful memories have been completely broken with currently not much hope. We understand that for the health of the nation (and the world) everyone should practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible. No one is debating that. But what I really wish we could see is some kind of temporary assistance or recognition. NZ has just implemented a subsidy for all sole traders/contractors within the events, entertainment, tourism and hospitality to help them cover bills for the next 3 months. If Australia doesn’t do something soon there won’t be any companies or suppliers left in 3 months or when things “return to normal” there won’t even be a place to start as everyone would have had to close their doors, sell their stock, let their staff go and liquidate. 

And we aren’t the only ones to be affected obviously. We just got hit first. Now it’s going to filter through every other industry. 

My family are the lucky ones who have some options. Our entire household income has vanished but we can pack up and stay with family. We can end our lease and wait it out or figure out a new path. We go through waves of grief and anger and sadness. My husband has worked incredibly hard year in year out to bring amazing events to thousands of people but as a contractor/freelancer he was dropped overnight like his years of hard work meant nothing. It’s devastating and so many others including our close friends are going through the same. We get calls from them just checking in but there are no words to comprehend the result of this. We are in shock. 

I see so many post’s about “we can get through this”, “fear decreases our immune system” , “take a two week holiday and reconnect” etc etc but I wonder if those people have just had their whole livelihood pulled form under their feet with absolutely no idea when they will get it back or if ever? Some people are complaining about the inconvenience of working from home. Just stop. Be so grateful you still have a way to pay your bills and put food on the table. 

I really wish Scott Morrison and the government would step up and actually look after Australians. Something. Anything. 

We are definitely trying to see the silver lining of all this and know that things will one day get better but it seems as though things will get worse first. 

I am not sure why I am writing all this but I see some people going along “business as usual” and it feels off. Maybe people just don’t know what is really happening within thousands of families right now? 

So just look after one another out there. Check on people. Video chat friends and family. If you can still afford it buy something from small businesses. Order a veggie box from local farmers. If you can afford all your subscriptions keep them. Write an epic email and send it like a love letter. Share your stupid toilet paper stash. Just try to lighten the load from those most affected right now and protect all those who are at greatest risk of getting sick. 

And if anyone has direct contact with Scott Morrison can you please ask what the f*#k is going on and why we have just been left out to dry? Argh. No words. 

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