Justine

How are you feeling right now?

I’m good overall, I think I’ve settled into this situation finally. It did take a couple of weeks to get my head around it all, as I’m sure it did everybody. I’m a little tired at the minute because I’ve got a lot of work on, but I’m not complaining because I’m delighted to have the work on, it keeps me busy. Overall, feeling as good as one can feel in the middle of a global pandemic.

What is something that you really miss as a result of the pandemic?

I think it would probably come down to seeing family. Even though my family would probably laugh and say they don’t see me half the time anyway, it’s just having that option taken away from you. Particularly, I have a really special relationship with my thirteen year old niece, I miss just being able to say ‘let’s do this’ – or even thinking of things we might be able to do together. Sometimes she has diving competitions and she invites me to that. It’s just the option of that, of seeing family, the freedom.

What is something you’ve gained?

If I was to look at it as two character traits, I would say I’ve gained adaptability and resilience, because I’ve had to be adaptable when it comes to online technologies. I found that really challenging, I’m just not mad about it. In some ways it works really well but I much prefer the face to face encounter, but I’ve had to adapt to that and I’m getting used to it. I would say that I’m more resilient because I’ve had to be really, I’ve had to grind in, and even though I really don’t like this way of working, it’s taught me resilience, I just need to suck it up and get on with it.

Who are you most worried about right now?

I’d say that I’m probably most worried about my three aunties. My dad has passed away, but he has three sisters who are all still alive but they are all in their late eighties/ nineties. Whilst they’re all doing a really good job of cocooning and they’re ensuring that they stay safe, I’m just worried about them, because I know if they were to get the virus, they’d have a very hard time.

What are you most hopeful for?

I’m hopeful that this whole pandemic will teach people to be more empathetic, as a coach in emotional intelligence, one of the character traits that I talk a lot about and teach is empathy and I’m really hopeful that this whole situation is making people reflect and become more empathetic. And I’m really hopeful that when we’re through the worst of this, that people are going to be, in general, a lot more empathetic.