"We are never, ever, ever, getting back together" said Taylor Swift in song, and this is true about us and our pre-2020 lifestyle.
Our future equals the way we have chosen to organise life on planet earth to accommodate a very nasty and contagious virus.
It's incredibly unfair that people have lost lives, livelihoods and freedoms through this time of a global pandemic, and now the military have been called in to enforce compliance.
We are all grieving loss, and we are yet to get past our shock, anger, and sadness to re-imagine a new way forward. We will need to though, sometime very soon.
The monuments we built to our old way of life took so much energy, activity, and constant involvement that it was actually exhausting.
All of a sudden, our energy, activity and involvement is greatly restricted outside our homes and some of the monuments we built will need to be dismantled into smaller pieces to be useful, before selling them for scrap becomes the only option.
Considering all of this is exhausting.
Understanding what others deign 'essential services' has created challenges, as each of us have journeyed to discover what is essential to survive. How to thrive is the dilemma.
Parents of teens are dealing with a future suddenly much hazier than before.
All the rites of passage have been scrambled as planning for any time after midnight tonight is risky with snap lockdowns.
There is anxious confusion about purpose, which drives motivation.
Studying flat out at school when the outcome is a university course online, doesn't look that attractive anymore.
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When you are up to pussy's bow with online learning, an essential trade looks much more inviting.
Builders are busy helping people find comfort and safety at home and might be further from danger than nurses.
Even those deciding to continue along the tertiary education pathway are considering direction changes. Entertainment might be shut down, but webpages all need to be populated with content.
Those of us with a few decades under our belts are able to take a look at the long game of life. We've probably dealt with a few unexpected and life altering changes along the way.
For teens, the need for clarity feels much more urgent and threatening.