Be kind, rewind

No, this is not a Jack Black movie. I am stealing the title though, as it seems pretty apt for the “unprecedented times” we are living through.

Since the lockdown started, about a million years ago, the word kindness has taken on a whole new meaning. But the meaning has not, in many cases, translated into actions.

I’m not saying that all people are terrible and unkind. In fact, so many people have gone above and beyond to make sure their loved ones, neighbours and random strangers are coping during what’s been an undeniably crazy time.

But, I’ve also seen so many examples of people not respecting others, being selfish or downright aggressive. I know we all handle stress differently, and you never know what’s going on in someone else’s life. But if you’re lashing out, out of stress, stop to consider that other people are probably feeling exactly the same way.

It makes me sad that in a time where we’re all muddling through, those people who are trying to do their jobs and keep the world going are getting abuse or being ignored just because they’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When we look back on this time in our lives, where the world was turned upside down, surely we’ll want to remember all the times we were kind to people, and helped others, even if it’s only a teeny tiny gesture. Not the times when we shouted at the people in Tesco because we couldn’t find toilet roll, or the times when we didn’t give people space just because they were in our way.

Whilst many countries are now easing their lockdowns and coming out the other side, there’s still as ways to go. So, at the risk of sounding preachy, which I realise this blog kind of is, be kind to each other and stop and think before you act. It really could make all the difference to someone’s day.

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