Lockdown blues and craziness

Elsa Cornellisen

For most people the prolonged lockdown is taking its toll, emotionally and physically. Emotions vary from desperation to appreciating one’s circumstances, to some thinking they are going a bit ‘crazy’. Whatever the case, everyone is ready to be let out to go and play!

“I have lockdown mania,” says well-known artist Elsa Cornellisen. “What on earth is going on out there? Nothing makes sense anymore. This prolonged lockdown has revealed a bit of craziness in me. Look at my house! There is nowhere to walk. I have taken out everything I have hoarded for creative projects and it is all over the place. I have made designer earrings for every imaginary outfit, I paint anything that doesn’t move, except on canvas. Somehow I have not been able to go there. I have even painted rocks on my way to the shop! “I have rearranged my whole house twice and now there is not space to walk. I have blogged for the first time, I have Zoomed for the first time and I have eaten the whole time. This is crazy… it must end, or it is the end of my sanity,” she says.

Elsa Cornelissen’s lockdown craziness’.
Lorna Greyling

Former Mrs South Africa finalist, Lorna Greyling has even arranged all her hair clips to face the same direction. “You must know, if you start doing things like this, there is cause for worry. There is just nothing left to clean in my house. I have even washed a bicycle chain!” she laughs.

“The family is so hungry for interaction, we even played a game of visiting ourselves. We went out the backdoor and in the front door, and then started the braai! Now, if we start doing things like this without wine.. there might be cause for concern. I think it is a time where you have to keep your mind still and your hands busy. I’m playing ostrich for a bit. But I think the prolonged lockdown has gone to everybody’s heads, some just more than others. And I need my wine!”

“I have nothing to clean anymore… I have become a better housewife than most women,” laughs CPF chairman, Romano van der Spuy. “I am used to being on the go, out on the street and on patrols, interactions with many people every day and daily visits to the police station. Suddenly being stuck in a house for the past seven weeks is taking its toll,” he says.

“Out of pure boredom, I have started cleaning the house, scrubbing tiles, washing the cars and even tidying up cupboards. My wife thinks I am mad. I still get many calls from people needing assistance and it is extremely frustrating not being able to react myself. Add to that the cigarette ban… this is really hard! I cannot wait to get back to my life!”

Erik Holm

For actor and musician Erik Holm, the lockdown has brought some strange feelings. “I feel bad because I don’t feel worse, if you can make sense of that. There are people out there who are dying of hunger and in turn I have come to a deep appreciation of my privilege to be living on a mountain and spending quality time with loved ones. It is a strange awareness and I think many people are feeling this too. One knows your neighbour better than before. Because of the isolation of lockdown, you appreciate any interaction, like greeting your neighbour, and exchanging goods over the fence,” he laughs.

“I have never before in my life been so aware of how privileged I am and I am really confused that I feel bad about it.”