I see and feel a number of positive changes on a minor and major scale. Taking a walk around my [London] neighbourhood is so different at the moment. People are smiling, waving at each other andconversing. It feels like there is a new wave of empathy in the air. A commute to work or trip to the shops pre-Covid felt more like an army operation; no eye contact, no time for chit-chat and an absence of general kindness.
My local community has really banded together in response to the UK’s enforced restrictions. Sourcing food and key household items immediately changed when lockdown came into effect. Online and physical markets couldn’t serve in their usual way, so this encouraged my neighbourhood, including me, to buy local produce and seek out local brands. This experience of slowing down has enabled me to take stock of what I have, purifying the essential, getting rid of the unnecessary and informing who I wish to support moving forward.