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Benjamin Drury - April 22, 2020

Is this lockdown our Shawshank Redemption?

Spoiler Alert: If you have not watched the Shawshank Redemption, the top-rated film on IMDB, firstly, where have you been for the last quarter of a century? Secondly, sorry but I am going to let the cat out of the bag and spoil the film for you, so stop reading.

This coronavirus is horrendous and these times we are in are tough and troubling. People are dying and people are putting themselves at risk to care for and look after others in their community. I wish it hadn’t have happened. In my house we’ve had more than a few fights. It’s not been fun at times.

But could this time of lockdown be our Shawshank Redemption? Let me explain.

It seems to me that Lockdown is bringing us more freedom. Lockdown is reminding us of what really matters. Lockdown is creating space to take stock and choose what we truly want and it’s freeing us from consumerism and capitalism and the prison of more! Could something real good come from this terrible global crisis?

Firstly, we no longer care about the price of oil, it really doesn’t matter any more now we are not consuming so much or going many places!

We are realising and perhaps truly understanding that the people that matter most are those that care for others and give themselves with compassion to helping those around them. We seem to care less about the celebrities and those with money. That’s a good thing.

The world is healing slowly as carbon emissions are reduced and nature has a chance to breath.

And it’s not just the planet, many individuals are finding time to explore new creative endeavours like learning a musical instrument, or painting or drawing or dancing. So many people are stepping into pursuits that bring them back to life and give them more joy. It is wonderful to watch. It’s inspiring.

Local communities are coming together in ways we have not seem in many, many years and neighbours are talking to each other, being neighbourly. A local belonging renaissance is happening around us.

And many businesses are starting to show their true colours. There are those with compassion and a heart that want to help and those that just want your money. People are seeing them for what they are and choosing not to do business with those organisations that do not care.

It is as if before now we have been imprisoned by western cultural norms and expectations that we never sort to question, but now we have the opportunity and the will to examine our collective lifestyle. It’s as if the global virus is our time to dig a tunnel out of this prison and find the freedom of a beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.

This time of lockdown could be our Shawshank Redemption if we choose to let it. It’s up to you.

“Get busy living or get busy dying!”

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