Adapting

Adaptation

There’s a lot to read about adapting, redesigning, modifying and adjusting at the moment. This is the age of COVID-19!

Governments, schools, churches, businesses, artists, support and aid agencies, individuals and families, and of course health facilities and workers – physical, psychological, emotional.

One article I’ve just read was how Paralympians and their families are using their imaginations to keep training consistent for best results at the next games.

I found myself thinking that they’d be ahead of the ‘game’ though, as they’ve been adjusting and adapting for some time already. As have all of us who are not mainstream, or of groups/peoples who are least valued by the mainstream.

My adult children have lived their lives being blind, but because that is true of them since birth, it has not been a loss or adjustment for them – only everybody around them who is sighted.

Their life and mine, though, has been one of adjusting, modifying, redesigning and adapting to the mainstream, the larger group who resist any life other than the way it suits them. Now this preference for ‘life done my way’ is not unique to a few or a particular group, it is common to all including me (and my children). But a small few, either choose or are thrust into a new version of life where making accommodations is required.

The difference in this ‘age of COVID-19’, is that those who get by with minimal adaptation and modification are now the few.

And those who are already living lives of modifying, adjusting, adapting and redesigning have more of the like added to their load-bearing.

Some of the technology and systems main streamers are now using, the adjusters and modifiers have been using a long time. So, we’re waiting for you to learn to use it in the way we need to.

Some of us living a life of redesign and modification are further isolated by the technology and systems which the new mainstream finds connective.

Families who have already modified and redesigned their life/work/health balance to fit the mainstream’s order, are having to do this again – with parents, partners, children and grandchildren. Families who had different, demanding, changeable, unpredictable days before the ‘age of COVID-19’, will still live this once it passes and continue to live this on top of the current global changes.

My hope is that this generation will remember to consider who will be excluded, forgotten, disadvantaged or isolated by our choices and preferences moving forward and out of this crisis.

That we will not forget, that some of our crises within the overarching crisis of the virus, were born out of our unwittingness or unwillingness to consider those who are not ‘us’.

That we will learn and practice empathy, and the common thread which is our humanness.

That we will talk with each other, and future generations, about who and what we were before and during the ‘age of COVID-19′; who and what we are working toward being past the age of…’.