Ringing the Changes

One of this biggest issues with this damned coronavirus pandemic is the way daily life is necessarily restricted in a never-ending nightmarish rolling-plan kind of way. What we can do, when and how we do it, and who we can it with is all tied up in where we live, and – here in the UK anyway – our everyday lives have inevitably become so much smaller, tighter, more closed in and revolving around home but sadly without having any extended family visiting indoors at all.

Sometimes I feel so enclosed and enveloped within the suffocating folds of this cover-all blanket ban it’s like I can’t breathe, like when the constricted airways of an asthma attack leave me with a tight pain in my chest and seriously struggling to draw breath. And yet it feels like there is limited relief to be found anywhere, that there are only so many ways we can ring the changes and use the few notes we do have to create ourselves a new tune so it’s not just same old, same old, day in, day out.

But then I stop and think – well, with bell-ringing you only have the available bells you have in situ, and yet when rung together with planning and care there are often far more possible sequences and combinations than at first seems? Perhaps this Covid 19 pandemic may turn out to be the same and it’s just a case of finding out how to do many of those things we can do differently enough, find enough permutations to make life feel new and interesting again?

I feel like I definitely need to find a way to get myself out of this rut I’m stuck in, stop looking at what I can’t do any more and focus more on what I can – go deep, not wide. Like how many ways can I photograph the same flower, the same view, the same surroundings? Learn to work more creatively and more productively with those few bells I have – basically find new ap-peal-ing ways to ring the changes, passing the time until this pandemic finally passes and life can open up again 🙂

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Ring

6 thoughts on “Ringing the Changes

  1. I understand what you’re saying, Ruth. It is getting old. I’ve been trying to “bust out” safely, but it requires a lot of thought and some research, and there’s still a little trepidation when I go somewhere. For the record, I always enjoy your photos. Hopefully, being out here helps a little bit.

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  2. You are right Ruth, focusing on what we can do instead of what we can’t is the only way to achieve a more relaxed state of mind. Anything less is self destructive.

    It is what it is, Ruth, a pandemic that we all have to live with, I too miss my family and my freedom, you are not alone, we’re in this together. It won’t last forever, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, look forward to seeing it, I know I am.

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  3. I was in a group discussion tonight online with about 30-ish people from all over the globe. Every single person commented upon being depressed (and this was NOT a group about mental health) and going bonkers with the sameness day in and day out. America, Canada, England, Spain, Italy, Egypt… everyone agreed on feeling numb and constricted.

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