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Here we all are smack bang in the middle of quarantine. I don't know what day it is or even how long I've been here. It feels a bit like being in a surreal other dimensional tardis, not that I know what that is like. No people. No contact. No hugs. No concept of life as we have known it. At this stage I feel sweary words wanting to roll of my tongue, but I will reframe from expressing them. You can thank me later. I'll happily accept hugs - my cunning plan for physical contact. Yes, it's got that bad. Joking of course, I think?

Thank god for platforms. No, not the 1970's shoes. I'm talking Zoom. Facetime. Skype. The telephone (invented by a Scot I may add). You get the idea? What a life saver! I do not however recommend hosting online parties with friends, you know, the ones that encourage you to drink more wine while putting the world to rights and having a wee dance at the same time. Yes it is amazing at the time, but oh lordy me, not when the hangover costs you a full day. Hold on, we all have full days now, shall I retract that statement? Ok anything goes, just be happy! Please note, 2 glasses of wine is the new 2 bottles - drink responsibly.

I chuckled at someones social media post saying they were figuring out what meeting to go to first; AA or weight watchers, closely followed by the beautician and hairdresser. It's all looking a little grim.

If like me you're bewildered by the whole aspect of covid-19 and have exhausted conspiracy theories, become a medical expert over night and think you could run the world better than anyone else, then I salute you, love you and together we will laugh this situation away. Seriously, laughter is where it's at. I highly recommend it.

Yet on a serious note, lets talk nature, mother Gaia herself. Possibly the whole reason why our current situation has manifested. This can be seen as her saving grace. A chance to hold sacred space, stop and breathe, embrace recovery time to regenerate what us humans have destroyed and stolen from her. Nature is beginning to thrive because we are nowhere in sight. There is a massive lesson in this. The quote 'live simply so others can simply live' comes to mind. We are all part of this global awakening. It is an unprecedented situation we are in, one our souls signed up for and potentially one we will never see again. It's completely mind blowing. Big sigh...remember nothing is impossible. 

To all the families who have lost loved ones due to covid-19, my love and deepest condolences are with you. Finding closure must be extremely challenging given that funerals are limited in numbers and flights grounded especially if travelling needs to be involved. I can't imagine what you are all going through? May the angels wrap their wings around you, guide you step by step and grant you so much peace.

So what's next? I have no idea. What I do know is that we all have the capacity to love and heal. Love ourselves. Each other. Love the world and everything in it back to health and happiness. We must. It's our duty to do so. Even though we're doing the 2 meter social distancing we can share our energy, offer a smile to someone who looks anxious. Help each other on a day to day basis. It's time to step up, be the difference.

This whole global situation is fucked up and it is our responsibility to turn it around. We can do this. 

NHS workers and carers - I love you! Thank you. Those of you reading this - please be safe. 

Natalie Alexander

"Be your own kind of beautiful"