Life in the time of Corona – Captain's log: Day 7

The song on my playlist goes “Things, can only get better” by D:ream. It is cheesy with extra cheese and I really hope it is true. My big fear, and I am sure, the fear of a lot of people is that first it will get much much worse. I worry about people who are at risk because of socioeconomic factors. I worry about people who are immune-compromised for many reasons. And I worry because there are still too many people who doesn’t take this seriously for whatever reasons.

On a brighter side, its great to see how many “traditional” folk are embracing technology as a way of connecting to others. I saw a variety of people post on social media that their church service was broadcast digitally, and I think this is a great idea. I got a great video of the Rotterdam Philharmonic playing Beethoven from their homes. Many people are for the first time considering that they need to connect with those who cannot be connected otherwise.

I went out to soak up the spring sunshine in the parks around Amsterdam. I don’t know how long we will be allowed to freely walk outside so I am glad we had such a beautiful day to do it. A lot of other people had the same idea, and everywhere in the parks you see people exercising, but usually at least they keep a sufficient distance. There are reminders up everywhere to keep at a safe distance.

The scenery was beautiful, as can be expected on such a gorgeous day, and I am lucky to have the opportunity to witness a part of this. It is peaceful, in his time of uncertainty.

A shop owner was making use of the closed hours to paint his shop windows, and his warning signs made me smile. I thought i might have to feel it in my fingers

Heading back home, I was happy to see my bread car is still open for business. I try to support the local business as much as possible during this time. I am sure that these guys who depend on their daily sales for their income is feeling the side effects so hard. I am part of the lucky few who can continue to work from home, but if these guys don’t do business with the public, they can’t work at all.

Please, support your local entrepreneurs as far as you can. Be aware that some people will likely lose their income over this, and be sensitive to their battle. We are all in this together.

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