And we had the winter snowfall. I bet most of us remember a childhood where one morning we looked out of the window and saw the world transformed. Different sounds, different sights; magical and in a way mysterious. I’m old enough to remember a winter where the snow and ice persisted for 3 months. Nothing seemed to move. As kids we loved it for the first couple of weeks and then it became too much – cooping us up in our homes. In the end we just endured it. But I won’t start down that road.
I remember pushing cars, making snowmen, sledging and naturally snowball fights as well. As kids I think we enjoyed the feeling that the world was turned upside down – normal rules not applying. I won’t go down that road either.
But humans are resourceful and adaptable – we’re told it’s how we got to survive. Making up the answers as you go along, finding a way of making things work even though it seems impossible. This is a road I can go down because trying things out and improvising is what we do. It’s the best way to find a solution –we just try things and see what happens. Of course, some ideas work better than others but it sure beats sitting around and moaning that nothing works. That kind of person who sits and moans is never going to help find a way out.
For me it’s a mentality of taking on board the changed circumstances and dealing with it as best you can – and that can be in a blizzard, the search for a vaccine or an artistic process – they all require the same thing; a willingness to think beyond, to project, to wonder what if I do this or that instead.
How wonderful yesterday to hear the new Schools’ Recovery Tsar say sport, music and drama will be very important if not vital in the months ahead. For years these subjects have been pushed off the curriculum. Suddenly now when their worth is directly useful, they are back. Of course, they always were useful but the powers-that-be didn’t see it that way. “Now is the time our theatre schools can come into their own, roll their sleeves up, help deal with the aftermath and show people that that learning a sport, or singing or dancing or acting is not about becoming a sportsperson, a singer or an actor – it’s mainly about becoming a better human being who can cope with the modern world.
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