No future in looking back - new Daventry Express columnist Kirsty Beeson reflects on tough times
What a difference a year makes!
First of all I wish to express my deepest sympathy to our Royal Family, especially Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II. No matter who you are, losing your husband must be devastating, let us all be kind with our words. RIP HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh 1921-2021.
I want to further extend my condolences to each family that has had to deal with any tragedy or hardship this past year. The affect on each individual should never be underestimated. Let us all respect that.
Here we are more than a year on from the start of the ‘unprecedented time’ in our lives.
During these hard times I can’t tell you how many times I have heard ‘I can’t wait to get back to NORMAL’ and it puzzles me. Back? Who on earth wants to go back? Let us say ‘I want to return to my business’, ‘Let us get out into society’ or ‘I cannot wait to spend time with my family’
Why go backwards? I certainly won’t be. Let us look at BACK; Thousands of locals trundling off in thousands of cars every day, to rented offices, missing out on hours of family time. Worldwide fuel exhaust was choking our atmosphere; we had no time to notice, well, ANYTHING! People, yes local families, were already struggling and we left it to charities to deal with, we had no time for anyone. Neighbours were lonely yet they were someone else’s concern. We enjoyed ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ with no limits. No regard. Buying everything!
Be careful what you wish for...... I don’t want to go ‘BACK to normal’, life is ‘NORMAL’ now so make your move forward.
Our NORMAL is; appreciation for the jobs that were managed to be kept, the support rallied by our neighbours right here in Daventry, keeping local families from going hungry, the solidarity of business owners who diversified to keep afloat, the local pride in our area shown by countless walks to our own nature spots. The shared videos, ideas and community spirit to keep streets awake, checking on our neighbours and new friendships formed.
I would rather look FORWARD to helping our own towns-people to build their businesses back up, to maintaining the mental health of our residents and to put our efforts BEHIND the exciting up-coming local projects that are underway. Let us not forget our experience but look forward, onward and upward Daventry; A town together and united.