I’m presenting another entry for the « Understatement of the Year 2020” competition. It’s been a strange kind of year. I’m wondering how I am coming out of it. Trigger warning, I may talk about mental health in this article so get over it pussies! Normally at this time of year, I’m never really good and this year is no exception.
I think I may have given you the image of my mental health being like a wave. At the moment I’m going back down. People try to practice gratitude for everything as a way of ‘curing’ depression as if it were a rather fine ham for the Christmas table. Well not me. I should be happy. I’m on holiday in 2 and a half days’ time for two weeks. I should be happy, but I’m not. I have a loving family. I should be happy, but I’m not. I have a roof over my head, and my family wants for nothing. I should be happy, but I’m not. When I think back to the ‘actual’ Christmas where Joseph was carrying his pregnant wife to Bethlehem, and couldn’t find a place to stay. Air BnB hadn’t been invented, and he shouldn’t have been happy, but he was. There was joy in his heart. I should be grateful for all I have, and yet…
I have food from home. The kind of stuff I can’t get over here, and I should be happy, but I’m not. It’s awful. Yeah, I forgot the Bisto for the Christmas dinner, you useless fool. You have so much to be thankful for, and because you’re an ungrateful little shit, you feel even more guilty. I can’t go to mass. Last year I could and did. I went to the Cathedral in Nantes and remember crying with joy at hearing the beautiful music from the organ. I remember feeling physically moved and the music just passed right through me. But not this year. A Rawandan immigrant had been refused a residency permit, and the Bishop though he would employ the man as a janitor, and the guy who would lock the place up every evening. The guy got rather upset about getting kicked out of the country and decided that he would burn the place down. That beautiful 400 year old organ is no longer there and it breaks my heart. There’s an article about that somewhere here.
That was last year. This year is slightly different. This year we discovered a virus, named after a light beer, and then the aforementioned beer producer found an other name that wouldn’t hurt its brand. I present COVID 19. A crappy name with an unobvious prime number. We found out what it was like to be under house arrest, I mean lockdown. We were told not to touch people and avoid people. An introvert’s dream you might say, but I still maintain that we are a social animal, and when you take that away, we suffer mental health consequences. Then they decided that, “oh shit, the economy is going down the drain, so you all have to go back to work, but have to wear shitty masks that you will end up becoming allergic too, whilst looking as if you have a speedo on your face, and when you beard pokes through, it looks as if you have pubic hair that needs clipping.” You are not allowed to congregate at the coffee machine, and not allowed to stand next to eachother.
Then Summer came along, and the government said you can all go off on holiday, and so it seemed that the virus had done the same. People felt as if the phoney war had ended and that it would all be over by Christmas. I still can’t remember what I did this Summer. Not because of Covid, but my brain just went on strike. I know I got some good photos, and apparently, I went to Paris, but it’s all a blur, and I’m not talking about the band from the Nineties!
We could even go to the pub. Then they said, that you still had to wear masks, but as soon as you sat down you could take them off etc. This Covid Prime can’t infect you if you’re sitting down, having a pint and financially supporting the Guinness family! Height restrictions and all that. They had to move tables further apart, and then the Government said you had to close at 10pm and take a register of clients, with their phone numbers. This was of course done, and then the G man said, well, you’re going to have to close anyway. We’re going to launch the sequel to Lockdown, to be known as Lockdown II, the Sequel, not coming to cinemas near you because they’re shut too! But for all those people not working in offices, you can still go into work but you have to come home straight away afterwards and you can’t meet up with your friends, etc..
Then they said OK we’ve finished messing with you. Lockdown II is over. Yayyyy, I can go out where the heck I like and don’t have to have a piece of paper saying where I’m going. I can go to anywhere in the country I like. I still can’t eat out of have a drink, or do anything remotely cultural, oh and the twist is that I have to be back home by 20h and can’t go out before 6h. Bastards!
In other news recently in, a vaccine has been discovered. Hang on, no that’s not right. Three vaccines have been discovered. The Chinese and Russians even have one, but they don’t count apparently on the news. Not only have they been tested, but they have been approved! But you can’t have one you fat slob. Stop eating, and exercise, and loose weight! You’re way down the priority list. Nope, they’re for care workers, old dying people, the older people who aren’t dying yet, and then slightly less old people that aren’t dying, but not dead yet, and so on. If you’re already dead, then you’re not eligible, oops… #toolatemotherfucker It’s either a very sick joke or somebody, somewhere, knows something. And what is Bill Gates going to gain by being able to remotely control old people from a distance anyway? Are they going to get uppity and rebel when the tea trolley doen’t have any more Chocolate digestives? Other digestives are available, just not for the old people! They’re probably going to go strike and die just out of spite. We went through the war etc!
Now they’re talking about bubbles. Bubbles are no longer about blowing, but are about families without the blowing. All depends on the family I suppose. I can have people in my bubble over for Christmas. But not because the government said so. I live in France, and they said that the curfew wouldn’t be enforced on Christmas Eve so people could gather, but only six adults at a time. But if you think you can meet up for New year’s Eve, then you’re buggered! So, you can officially celebrate a Christian Religious festival, and yet not the secular piss up at the very end of the Year. And all this in an extremist Secular country, that is being mean to the Muslims, to stop those naughty Islamist shooting an beheading us when we make a joke about the Prophet (pbuh). Double standards or what, even for French politicians. But as that Luvvie Noël Coward said, there’s something Vichy about the French.
Don’t get me started about Brexit! Biggest mistake since the French thought they could fish in another country’s Sovereign waters and get away with it. Oh wait…
On a more positive note, Trump has officially been voted out by the Electoral College in the United States of America. Let’s hope that the new guy will be better than the last President.
I still feel pretty shitty despite the Christmas music on BBC Radio 2, but at least I managed to get some of my frustrations down on paper. It’ll get better by Christmas…