It certainly is a new world. So I went to the supermarket to do the weekly shop and I was behaving as I now have to in this new age. Mask on, 2 metres separation from other shoppers. I was feeling like I was in my world, perfectly happy and then, without warning a lady walked up to me and said: “I really like your mask”. She smiled sweetly and carried on shopping. I really had no context with which to deal with this. A year ago she might have said, “you have lovely eyes” (I do) or “I’m loving your jacket”. She could have said a hundred things and I would have received them, thanked her, and carried on with a smile. Who doesn’t love a cheeky compliment?
But, “I really like your mask”? Tell me, what do I do with that?
How easily people are adapting to the changed world. How easily we are transferring our habits and behaviours to suit the new normal. I ask you, are people really that adaptable or do we just not care to engage with what is going on? Is there a spirit of denial rising up? Like, are people burying their heads in the sand. Somewhere I read that the dance band continued to play whilst the Titanic sunk. What a metaphor for humankind.
Whilst my mask is way sexy I would rather deal in the world where we didn’t have to wear them and, so, will strive to come to a day when we no longer wear protection or do socially distancing. Join me in not accepting the new norm and working hard to return to the old norm. The world where wearing a mask into your bank was definitely not acceptable.