Thanks for giving us a picture of what it looks like to reach the other side/get a reprieve at least. We are still suffering on many fronts in the states: Covid, fires, tornadoes, economic impact of loss of jobs/businesses. A lack of clear, cohesive messaging to get us through the difficulty- structurally and emotionally. I am in California. The fires burning all over the state have been devastating. I have asthma-- and haven't been outside but for quick moments for the last 10 days.
My tanks, breeding, fish, and even indoor gardening has kept me going. But, it has come so personally crucial to my keeping my equilibrium that Im not in the mood to share it as often as I normally do.
The long-term TPT regulars will be back and I see new people coming daily. The cycle will continue...
I'm empathising with the situation, and if my experience can spark some hope I'm happy to pass it on. Admittedly the natural disasters have exarcebated what's happening in the states, comparing the 44 countries of Europe there's still a lot of similari experiences. Gathering from the colleagues of my multinational employer, most people seem to share the feeling of uncertainty and lack of communication from their goverrnments. One nation could give complete opposite advise of one another, coupled with fear of long-term effect of the local and other european economies. Working from home is also new to a lot of people, including myself, and as we entered this paradigm I don't think anyone foresaw the possible psycological effects it could bring. Being separated from loved ones, or reversely being locked in with the family for an extended period sure takes a toll. As surreal as it's been, at times I felt this was the most epic social experiment of all time, a global 'Truman show' of sorts. Gotta try and keep some distance to it, humour helps me with that.
There's some strength to it though, we're all in the same boat and we'll emerse in a stronger form, one experience richer, showcasing our resolute in how businesses and people adapted and overcame. In a few years, looking back at 2020, we would have lived through what could be one of the most historical years of the century. Aquaristics is certainly one of the better hobbies to help us through this time, as long as we don't let it become a burden.
Sorry for thread jacking OP, hope it's OK.