Wednesday, 27 May 2020

I Don't Like Change

There's a Chinese proverb that says, 'When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.' I am most definitely a bricklayer - a builder of proverbial walls. I don't like change. I need routine and sameness in my life.

Take driving. I'm only comfortable when I'm driving along a route that I know really well whereas many people love exploring and driving unfamiliar roads BUT right now I'm hardly doing any driving at all.

Shopping is another example. I struggle in unfamiliar supermarkets. I need to know where everything is BUT I haven't been to a supermarket for over ten weeks and don't get me started on internet shopping! Relying on a once-a-week delivery is creating a famine and feast situation here.

Then there's the gym. I love swimming. I'd go at least once a week, often more than once BUT lockdown has sadly put paid to that activity and I miss it very much.

For someone who hates change this is a bewildering time but another quote comes to mind. Benjamin Disraeli said, 'Change is inevitable. Change is constant.' And so I have to accept that the winds of change are blowing and the only thing I can do about it is to build that proverbial windmill.

What changes are you struggling with during this pandemic?

For those people who love windmills the above photograph is of the windmill at Cley, Norfolk, where we stayed on two occasions - two lovely holidays. They're still in business and their website promises that they will reopen as soon as they're allowed to but I wonder if we'll ever get back there.

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  1. I am like you, Ros. Hate change. But this one, as it progresses, has too much of the same trajectory as that of 1930s Germany. So I am doubly afraid.

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    1. Hi Carol, I suspect your fear in that regard had begun before this pandemic. The lockdown has certainly given the government an unusually non-UK kind of power. Let's hope things will calm down and (I don't usually talk politics here but) let's hope there will be an election some time soon.

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  2. Hi Ros - I'm just so grateful I don't mind change or adaption ... I've taken time out to do a lot of sorting out ... while I'd love 'normaility' to return - sadly not to be ... life will be very different. Take care and stay safe ... all the best - Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary, I've done a bit of sorting too but not as much as I'd planned. I keep getting side-tracked. You're right about 'normality'. But I keep holding on to the thought of the roaring twenties that followed WWI and the Flu epidemic.

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  3. I'm with you Roz - I'm a creature of habits. Because I've still gone to work, my regular week is "normal.". It's the weekends that are tough - not going to a museum, show, etc. and now as things open with set ticket times, etc - it seems a hassle. I'm sure with change, it will be new habits, but we can still grumble a bit. I recognize, I'm quite fortunate in my life. Hang in there!

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    1. Hi Joanne, We haven't progressed to set ticket times here in the UK yet. Everything is still firmly shut down... although a few non-essential shops may soon be opening. I know I too am fortunate as I 'glance down' at the photo collage of my lovely garden in the preceding blog post.

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  4. Ros, I sympathise very much, living with a man who doesn’t like change. However, I don’t really mind change and quite welcome new challenges. They give me something to overcome, and even if it worries me, I still like having something new to deal with. Lockdown has meant a whole new way of teaching for me. I was worried about it at first, but I’m actually enjoying it very much. I won’t mind going back to face2face teaching, but this has added a another dimension to my work, and it’s great.

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