Leader, April 24 2020

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Different levels of hardship

A post on social media stuck a chord with us this week. It said that although we are all currently weathering the same storm, we are not all in the same boat.

It is worth remembering that despite a sense of unity as we battle an invisible enemy that doesn’t care about people’s gender, ethnicity or bank balance, we are all experiencing different levels of hardship.

Sometimes it takes something happening to us directly to put things into perspective and make us realise that, for some of us, life could be a lot worse.

We can feel hard done by watching the sun shining outside but not being able to go to the beach or take a walk in the park. But hearing that friends and their family members are battling coronavirus helps us to gain a bit of perspective.

It’s admirable, too, to see Lesley Bell and David Mullen, who had to postpone their wedding – a day that should have been one of the most special days of their lives – turning a massive disappointment into a celebration.