As we look forward to a more normal life, what will your 'legacy hand' be?

What will your Zoom 'legacy hand' be? 

What will your Zoom 'legacy hand' be? - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Exmouth author Emma Richardson writes for the Journal

Exmouth Journal columnist Emma Richardson

Exmouth Journal columnist Emma Richardson - Credit: Archant

What’s a legacy hand I hear you ask? Well, for those of us that have spent much of the last year in Zoom/Teams/Hangouts meetings or lessons, the legacy hand is the little hand symbol you deploy to indicate you want to say something- except you’ve left it on after the moment has passed and the little symbol just sits there.

I think ‘legacy hand’ is a lovely phrase and it’s one that could only have been created through our shared pandemic experience. It started me thinking about which other things have formed part of our shared experience this last year.

As I stood in the queue at Lidl this week considering just this issue, it dawned on me that bad hair has also become a uniting issue. Never before- and most probably never again, will we collectively look so dishevelled as a nation.

As I looked around at my fellow shoppers, it was actually really comforting to realise that no-one was looking at how awful my roots are because pretty much everyone can barely see through their own fringe.

With hairdressers just opened, I have decided to record the current state of my mop for posterity like a badge of honour for having survived the pandemic.

Time-capsules are very 1970’s; during my childhood it seemed like every school took their cue from Blue Peter and created a box of timely artefacts to be hidden two-feet underground however I think now would be a really great time to consider doing it again.

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We could fill our time capsules with a face mask, a bottle of hand sanitiser, a list of pub quiz questions (surely we all did quizzes in that first lockdown?!) and a link to a Zoom meeting set for some date in the future.

Being serious for a moment, perhaps now is a good time to actually consider what our individual ‘legacy hand’ will be.

Here are some things I’d like to be my Covid legacy.

The ability to take time to enjoy the moment with something as simple as reading a book in the garden, or taking a walk from my house.

To continue a weekly video call with my parents who live many miles away; I’ve learnt it’s ok to call them when I don’t really have any news and that sometimes, those are the most memorable conversations.

And finally, I want to normalise asking people how they are. Such an easy thing to do during a pandemic when we’re all feeling a bit wobbly, but actually our lives have plenty of ups and downs in normal times too and it’s more than ok to ask people how they are and equally it’s ok to be honest when somebody asks you.

It’s been such a hugely challenging time for all of us and I know we’ll all be keen to leave it behind.

However, if like me, you’ve been forced to hit a big reset button on how you live day-to-day, perhaps you could consider what your ‘legacy hand’ will be.

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