Staying positive on a rainy day

30 March 2020

Today was a rainy day. It was raining when I woke up, it was raining when I had breakfast and it continued to rain until around 3’o’clock this afternoon. It was all in all a pretty miserable day, weather-wise at least.

But guess what? I didn’t let that get me down. I applied the same principles I have every day since I lost my job (now a couple of weeks ago unbelievably) – stay active, stay healthy, stay grateful for what you have and stay positive.

You may remember that I hurt my knee foolishly attempting a handstand – that was around five days ago now. I’ve been battling through the pain barrier, but I have now conceded defeat and will only be completing short beach jogs until I’m feeling like I can run properly again. I did my first run this morning (thus, the image of me running).

Barefoot beach running on Manly beach

This afternoon, I messaged a few recruiters to get the lay of the land. My background is almost exclusively in marketing and content production in the travel industry. If you want me to sell a holiday, write about a destination, or tell you the unique benefits of a specific cruise line, then I’m your guy. Sadly, the travel industry is in disarray. So I’m looking at making a sideways move into another industry for the time being.

This afternoon, the clouds parted and the sun came out. So Tory and I decided to stretch our legs and go for a stroll to another nearby harbour beach, Fairlight beach.

A paddle boarder in Sydney Harbour near Manly Wharf on our walk to Fairlight beach

On our walk we saw another cruise ship stranded at sea (if you look REALLY closely, you can see it on the horizon in the image below). As mentioned in a previous post, many of these ships have cases of COVID-19 on board and are no longer allowed to dock in Sydney Harbour after the Ruby Princess debacle.

A cruise ship on the horizon framed by North Head and South head of Sydney Harbour

From a coronavirus standpoint, although the number of new cases are still on the rise in Australia, today was the second day in a row that the daily increase in cases has dropped. So this is a positive sign that the measures enforced by the government are working and we may be starting to see the curve of new cases ‘flattening’.

However, in the past week, there has been a 350 per cent surge in infections caught locally with no known link to a confirmed case – this is very concerning.

Worldwide reports are showing more than 760,000 infections are confirmed in at least 177 countries. These cases have so far resulted in at least 36,000 deaths.

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