Tuesday, March 10: Third day of complete Italian lockdown – our 17th day in quarantine.
Waking up today feels different. It was hard to motivate ourselves to get out of bed after last night’s news – the entire country is in lockdown. I don’t think anyone truly understands what this means, and how we will feel after they lift the decree on April 3, all we know is that Italy is still the most beautiful country to be quarantined in.
When I said on Day 1 that it’s hard to plan, we really meant it. One day you have good news, and on the same day, 12 hours later you have bad news. Things change fast here, and no one is really prepared. We feel emotionally exhausted by the lack of stability, but how we feel is not important, what’s important is to respect the lockdown.
There are polemic comments on social media about how people aren’t respecting the rules, and we don’t want to comment on that, but what we do want to say is that people need to learn how to respect the rules for the well-being of everyone.
This is the time to sit still and respect what the government is asking us to do. This is the time to learn how to not be egotists. This is the time to be collectively empathetic because the situation and conditions are greater than us. This is also the time when we need to acknowledge that we aren’t smarter than the doctors, nurses, and scientists who are in the frontline of this health crisis.
And what will life look like after April 3? We don’t know. What we do know is that our values and priorities are being reset during these days. We look out the window and appreciate the space and nature that surrounds us.
We look at our vineyard and feel utterly lucky to have this connection to the land. We know that whatever happens, we will still have our vineyard. It’s funny how these plants can give us so much certainty during these uncertain days. They are the roots for our future stability regardless of how uncertain our business feels today.
Todays’ priorities are respect, empathy, and humility to understand that we aren’t better, smarter, or more important than others. We are one of millions of people who are already doing something that will make us better in the end.
In the meantime, take a look at how our local grocery store looked like yesterday… No toilet paper apocalypse so no need to panic!