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Neighbourhood relations with isolation by COVID-19

Mick Pacholli
Mick Pachollihttps://www.tagg.com.au
Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

Some things that happen serve as a lesson to learn that there are moments, and events in the world, that go beyond the environment in which one lives. And this can be confirmed with the current isolation and social distancing still in place in many locations to avoid the effects of the Coronavirus.

Pandemic times serve, in addition to any theory, to slow down a society that is on the verge of living only to produce something, pay bills, sleep and repeat everything again. 

The world has been warned that it is necessary to stop. It is time to understand that outside, there is a virus of high contagion power, and that everybody has to stay inside. Inside the house, inside the same family space, and mainly, inside by themselves.

neighbourhood relations with isolation by covid-19The period of quarantine, isolation or social estrangement was, in many countries, a surprise. The truth is, nobody could ever imagine that such things would happen so close. More than that, previously close relationships are now totally forbidden in the literal sense of being present, being close and having a date with a professional. For many, not being in physical contact is hard to learn. 

That’s when neighbourhood relations get stronger. That is the time when everyone has to take care of others, without worrying about who will have the benefit of the effort they intend to make.

But what is a neighbourhood relationship? How do these relationships get closer? Skokka Australia proposes talking about the subject and teaching how such relationships can occur, how to be able to help or be helped in times of retreating so that the world can breathe again and return to its mechanism of functionality.

Small acts of the neighbourhood relationship

This peculiar moment of reality around the planet, where there are countries with zero contact with the outside world, and others with a bit more alternatives, teaches that truly it is time to think about the other, not only about oneself.

In the midst of a world where people could not stop, in times of Coronavirus, the order is to understand oneself and accept that everything that is happening deserves the attention and help of anyone. On the other hand, despite being physically distant, many neighbours in different circumstances or realities find alternatives to help and be helped. 

It is more natural to wait for help than to ask, for the simple fact of avoiding bothering either the relatives, either the neighbours or people who are part of a routine that before was different.

Knowing this, people with more available time and even more altruism leave messages of support and help those in need. In some urbanizations or neighbourhoods, where there is still close neighbourhood contact, social media groups gain strength. Community aid gains potency and brings people closer to help and be helped.

People shopping for risk groups (those most affected if they get the virus), others who leave notes in the elevator in case someone needs anything, messages of encouragement to people who get sick and are going through bad times.

Small positive gestures appear in large proportion and continue to grow, because in the end, the times of pandemic also serve to discover what is best within oneself.

From help to moments of fun

One thing is certain: everyone goes through isolation whichever way they can. It’s a matter of how one feels and can progress without having the same routine as before.

However, before getting used to the new scenario of being inside the house, there are people who make plans and complete their calendar. They are able to plan for themselves and for many other people, with options on how to spend days without getting bored. And that includes meetings with people you met online in places such as Skokka NZ.

Social networks show many examples of neighbours, whether they are musicians, singers, poets, or with any type of skill, that provide moments of fun to the people. Sometimes, there are even unusual situations, perhaps, quite fiery. Sleepover parties, dj’s, dancers, beautiful women showing their beauty out the windows. The truth is that there is a diversity of things to choose and have fun. 

Neighbourhood relations must be healthy and respectful. It is time to discover again something that had been lost, the ability to understand that the world is huge and there are all kinds of people and needs. It is also worth remembering that there is always a time to stop and rethink how to move forward.

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