Yesterday Post writing felt strange. The action takes place in spring 2020, Lizi and I are stuck because of the lockdown. Almost six months later we are stuck again - at least in part. With the Lockdown 2.0 restaurants, bars and cultural institutions will close. Life gets lonelier.
And that in the dark season
In the summer I had the slight hope of not having to experience all of this. The glass was half full and my illusion was that you could take it with you into winter like this. Hope was not fulfilled, it failed because of egoism and a lack of maturity.
A half full glass, to stick with my comparison, didn't appeal to anyone in the summer months. Depending on your interests, you wanted more. Fuller soccer stadiums, concert stages, vacation flyers, clubs, hotels and beaches. Industry representatives and lobbyists demanded the full glass or the complete beverage filling line. Warning voices, and there were, were without a chance.
Moderation would have worked. Joint European action too. But that wasn't all, and now winter is just around the corner.
And the impacts are getting closer
You get a different picture of COVID-19 when this virus strikes in close proximity. Suddenly it is no longer an abstract threat, but a real danger. One of my closest friends got it, despite all caution. I had dinner with him a few days earlier. When the news came, the first glance was on the calendar. Was dinner before - or after the infection? Germany can be a wonderful country sometimes. The chain of infection was understandable. The all-clear was given.
Less for my friend. It had what is called a mild course. However, mild is relative and COVID-19 is neither a minor flu nor a cold. He was switched off for a week, beaten for 14 days, tired and short of breath. The complete program. Now he's fighting his way back to everyday life. With weaknesses in concentration and stamina and the known side effects.
We are experienced
In principle, we all know that only discipline counts. A term from grandpa's days that is now becoming important again. Maintain hygiene with discipline, keep your distance, reduce social contacts. That is not easy. Right now when the days are getting shorter. No hanging out with friends after work, no dinner in the restaurant and no nightcap in the bar.
But we have a routine from Lockdown 1.0 and know what else is needed. Taking care of friends, neighbors and family and not leaving those behind who are alone. Making a phone call is old-fashioned, but hearing a nice voice is the best medicine these days. There are also chats, e-mails and a chat over the garden fence.
Small gestures count, and you can also ring the doorbell for your neighbor, who is alone and has no one left. As a blog, I try to make my small contribution so that we can all get through time together. With Saab stories that are an absolute minor matter and of no importance, but can distract and, ideally, inspire.
Maybe from time to time with a few thoughts on the current situation in this column. Then (almost) without an automotive background.
If one of the readers has something to say, I am happy about his contributions online courses can write. And with me the entire readership.
What is certain is that even the most difficult time does not last forever. Maybe a vaccine will come, but for sure next spring and sunny days. That alone is a lot.