Weathering the Coronavirus Storm…

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I’ve certainly been going through the motions when it comes to the Coronavirus. First came nonchalance, then full-blown panic, then anger…

Now I’ve accepted it; it is what it is, it’s not completely out of our control and no matter what, the show must go on.

Yes I am worried; of course I am. Here in Cyprus, all schools and nurseries will be closed as of tomorrow. The Education Ministry has announced closure for one week, but who knows how long this could go on for?

We are not allowed to go to public events with 75 people or more, and after-school lessons have been cancelled. Private tuition centres are closed, some yoga studios too, while many businesses are making preparations for their employees to work from home… You name it, people are taking action.

And while many of you reading this might think that is extreme (especially since we don’t actually have that many cases of it here in Cyprus), I believe it is better to be safe than sorry. Cyprus is a small country with a tiny population, and things could very quickly spiral out of control if we don’t take stringent measures.

But that inevitably leaves me with a lot of questions, including… What on earth does this mean for my work?

An important meeting got cancelled yesterday due to Coronavirus fears, and while I am disappointed about the cancellation, I also fully respect the company’s decision to cancel.

I’m also worried about the potential implications of the virus on my workload, since I am a freelancer who earns my keep from projects as and when they arise.

If the meeting got cancelled, does that mean they won’t want me to write any further articles this month? What about next month? What if my other clients cancel? What if this thing takes months to go away? Will I be out of a job?

As you can see, it’s easy for me to allow my thoughts to spiral out of control (especially as a sufferer of anxiety), but I’m doing my utmost to avoid panicking.  

Health comes first, and if, unfortunately, my work does take a blow, then that’s out of my hands for now. If things get worse before they get better, then so be it. Of course I want this thing to go away; of course I wish it were all just a bad dream; of course I wish I could click my fingers so that everything could go back to how it was, or we could fast-forward to a Coronavirus-free future where this is all well and truly behind us.

But I can’t do that. And so for now, we must hold our heads high, continue as well as we possibly can, and stay positive.  

The show must go on!

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