Juggling income balls in lockdown Britain

Living through difficult economic times

In last month’s post I described myself as a ‘slashie’; someone with several jobs or income streams and discussed the advantages of this lifestyle. The unprecedented situation we are currently facing is destroying many people’s businesses and jobs and when the virus has abated and the lockdown lifted, how many of us will return to the same job I wonder? We are living through extremely uncertain economic times and everybody is anxious. Some people lost their jobs overnight, others are able to work from home and some self-employed people are carrying on despite warnings they must remain at home. Many people are finding themselves in dire situations but thankfully the government have stepped in to help.

Being a slashie means that I juggle many balls at once but it’s great because if one job goes tits up, I can usually rely on one of the others. What happens if all income streams stop? Then I panic. That hasn’t happened yet. It feels as if I’m on a treadmill at the moment, busier than ever, juggling all of my balls at once, trying to stop them all from falling. I had to close my Airbnb, despite being told there is a high demand in my area to host front-line NHS staff working in the local hospital. My concern was to protect my two lodgers and daughter and it would have meant having an extra scrupulous cleansing and disinfecting routine. I couldn’t guarantee anybody’s safety.

As a funeral celebrant it’s quiet at the moment, but I’m mindful that it will get very busy.  There are regulations to keep funerals to a small handful of people. Some families might defer a ceremony and if that’s the case, 2021 will certainly be busy.

My passion is of course writing novels and surprise surprise, I’m writing a romance novel set during the Corona virus. This comes with its challenges and every day I’m keeping a journal so that I don’t forget the train of events as they unfold. How do the characters meet during lockdown? I have some great ideas for clandestine meetings!

As a carer to a disabled person I am busier than ever covering shifts at short notice as members of the team self-isolate. I don’t know from one day to the next if I’ll be working that night but if I don’t cover these shifts and if others don’t either then the disabled person will have to move into a nursing home, until this is all over and not be able to have visitors. The team are trying hard for this not to happen and we desperately need to be tested to see who has already had the virus so that we can plan staffing.

I feel as if I’m running on adrenaline at the moment. Need to relax, I tell myself. Maybe some Netflix until my next shift. Take care and stay safe folk! Here’s hoping this doesn’t last too long.

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