Georges

How are you feeling right now?

I’m feeling OK actually, surprisingly OK – there’s good days and bad days. I’m handling it quite well personally but there’s times where I start to let my mind go – into the ‘what ifs’. Even if you do everything right, it’s not a guarantee you could still get it. I’m a bit of an introvert so I’m happy at home anyway, but you always want what you don’t have so when you take away that freedom, it’s hard.

What is something that you’ve lost or really miss as a result of the pandemic?

The freedom of movement, just to go for a drive – my cars are classic cars and being in something motorised has always been my escape. So I miss that. I miss the social element too – I can see changes people, you can feel that people are getting a bit anxious and respecting your social space less than before. They’re getting more impatient and stressed. I only go out to shop, but I can feel it then. We used to go to the park beside us, but we’re trying to find alternatives now because it gets too busy – walking along the road is better.

What’s something that you’ve gained or learned?

I’ve learned a lot about cooking. I’ve been able to cook more, that’s my other escape. I’ve realised that I’m much better than I think I am, not in an arrogant way – but I’m trying new recipes, stuff I’ve never dealt with and I’m doing ok, I’m surprising myself. I’m getting out of my comfort zone in cooking. And obviously, more time with my family – well, I don’t know if that’s a gain or a loss, we live in such a small space! I think my wife and daughter are handling it pretty well, that’s good too.

Who are you most worried about?

The virus is one thing, but what worries me more is people – the stupidity of people, that’s what worries me most. If everybody did what they’re supposed to do, we should be on the way out of it, but they’re too selfish, they don’t take it seriously. But I’m taking it day by day and trying not to worry too much if I’m honest. And on the other side, it’s exciting – we’re living through history. My grandparents went through the war, and we’re going through this. It’s not the hardest thing, if you put it in perspective. There’s nothing exploding, there’s nothing flying. It’s worrying in that we didn’t expect it but I think it makes us human again.

What are you most hopeful for right now?

I’ve thought about this and I struggle a lot with it, the world is changing, we’re going into uncharted territory, I’m hopeful that society is going to get better, in the sense that it had almost gotten to a boiling point for me, people were too materialistic, too much hate out there, like in the UK. I’m hoping that people will learn to live together again. I hope that society will learn from it, I know it’s a bit ideological, but I’m hopeful we’ll go back to some sort of new normality – I’m hopeful for my daughter’s generation.