These days small tasks or niggles can seem mighty challenges or major setbacks. Many things are no longer familiar or everyday, and we have to assess and reassess chores and activities to ensure they adhere to restrictions keeping us all safe.
Lockdown may begin to ease tomorrow, but we are aware that this is slow and cautious progress. And for some people, who have been more isolated, it may be more difficult to make the transition than others.
I've been inspired in recent weeks, though, to learn about people who've wanted to discover the true extent of their potential, mentally, emotionally and physically.
You can read about how Vanessa O'Brien decided to climb mountains in my recommended book this month. Scroll down for more information.
But I was asked to interview four Shropshire men about their plans to row the Atlantic later this year. You can read about them here.
They are all over 50, one is partially sighted and their predominant experience of rowing is in the gym. And they signed up for the challenge in the midst of a global pandemic. It's meant that the delivery of their boat was delayed, courses for the qualifications required by the race organisers have been repeatedly postponed and they have had only rare occasions in between lockdowns to meet and train together. But their indomitable spirit, positive attitude and commitment to each other is truly uplifting and inspiring.
“I think we’ve all got the attitude that nothing’s unachievable,” says Martin Skeehan, one of the crew. "We will make it happen. It may seem impossible, but break it down and take the first step, and then the next one.”
So whether we're planning to climb a mountain, row the ocean, or get through the week, that's a simple message we can all remember!
And for this week, things look cheering with some sunshine and warmth forecast, and the hope of Easter to celebrate.
Thank you for reading.