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AJAR!

So indoor gyms remain closed! Following the UK announcement that some facilities and services are finally opening from 4 July, studio teaching or my massages are still off, for now!

There are simply too many things we still don’t know about Covid-19. Does it mutate? Has the weather affected or affecting it? We are learning about this disease day-by-day. So, I guess, balancing the economy and general public’s health will look like this for a while: OPEN BUT NOT QUITE YET! Although the UK lockdown was not as extreme as other countries, we still had the door chain applied and not bolted shut. Now, the easing of the lockdown, released the final constraint. However, we were always reminded not to wander off sight of the door or avoid being locked out!

Oh and the weather! You know that the weather is the topic in the United Kingdom, since erm… forever! In the last few days, we hit more than 30° C and for the UK, that is a very big deal! It’s like getting the new iPhone model or flower to a bee! We are deprived of the sun and when it comes, every square inch is filled by burnt bodies, glistening like solar panels – recharging the melanin in our skins. I, coming from a country that glorifies “pale is beautiful!” , has gone to the other side and has embraced the sun more when it is available as well.

Now, going back to Covid-19. It really hasn’t gone yet and it is likely unfortunate that someone still will get it badly, whether it’s you or a love one or a passer-by. We had a lockdown to break the chain of infection and it’s a shame to put all our collective efforts to make it go away. It’s like going on an expedition. Carefully rationing all your toils and supplies so that you can reach your destination (which we’ll pretend as Mt. Victual). Then at the very sight of the mountain, you exhaust all your supplies and do non-stop cartwheels instead! Silly isn’t it? Next thing you know, you do not have anything left and you simply won’t have the energy to go further nor retract back. Then the blame game starts! The government can only do as much and set guidelines, it’s up to each one of us on how we could use it for our own benefit. Sadly, some people love looking for loopholes and I will talk about these people again in the future.

Sacrifices are there because we know or hope that it will pay off in the end. People do get confused with it as forfeiting some privileges doesn’t mean rewarding yourself every time you do a step towards it. It is much more meaningful and sensible to reward yourself once you fulfilled what you set out to do. Then you can eat everything from Mt. Victual!

I know the sun or opening of Primark (boink!) drive people excitedly but try not to be distracted so much on what we are really trying to accomplish. You can always stand up for something but you need to make sure that the area you are standing on is also stable and free from immediate and/or long-term danger. Don’t lose your wits for some frenzy. Think of yourself and the people you interact with.

Maybe further your lockdown creativity on how to enjoy the sun a bit safer and more guilt-free! But for now, be sensible and stay safe! Health is wealth!

Remember, if you feel unsure about being right, being kind is always right!

-Arvin

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