And this is just the start. Even as the economy reopens, there are potentially more lockdowns to come, and currently furloughed staff may end up being made redundant in the coming months.
Yes, this is serious. And it’s easy to feel devastated by it. How on earth can we recover? Will our pensions ever pay for our retirement now? Will there be enough jobs?
But for most of us, there’s really nothing we can do except just keep doing. Just keep living. Whatever setbacks the world sends our way, there’s not a lot of alternative but to dust ourselves down, wait for the bruises to heal, and just keep on pushing forward, forging a path for ourselves with whatever resources we have at our disposal.
This decade may not play out the way many of us hoped. But if we’re true to ourselves we can still find a new, fulfilling path, whatever happens to our lives and the economy. Leave the economists and politicians to worry about the graphs.