(:title Blog ~ Let's call it Physical Distancing not Social Distancing
Hi there friends.
Hope everyone is doing well and doing their part to flatten the curve. It sure is a crazy and weird time and self isolating can really take its toll on you physically and mentally.
Fortunately, where we live, we can go for a walk outside (which may change ) while still being safe and adhering to physical distancing. This as we all know means being at least 6 feet (2 meters) away from another person.
Yesterday afternoon I was out for a walk and another walker who was a safe distance away turned her head and averted her eyes. Now she may have been having a bad day, I get that, but I wanted to address the fact that a smile and a wave is a simple and nice gesture.
I have noticed that many people were confused about the old term social distancing. Early on I said to my boyfriend that this was a bad term to use. People were too anxious and scared to give each other eye contact because they felt it was against the rules of social distancing. I almost felt like people thought they could get the virus by looking at another person.
Physical distancing is a much better term. It says we have to be apart in a physical sense but still engage in a social sense. Don't get me wrong. I am not at all advocating socialising with your friends and neighbours. This is stupid and dangerous behaviour. What I am saying is that to acknowledge and smile when we see someone out for a walk is polite and really necessary these days.
We are all in this together and even if we are apart at a safe distance we can and should show we are here for each other.
So if you have to go grocery shopping today make a plan to say hi and acknowledge other shoppers as well as the staff who are working hard for us all. It sounds cliche but a smile in these trying times can really help to brighten up someone's day.
Do you have an opinion about social versus physical distancing? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for reading
Have a super day