Times were tough. My whole routine was completely out of whack, and the government’s recent decision to extend lockdown had simply exacerbated the situation. Turning an already sporadic sleep and work schedule into a completely nightmarish and unconventional life of video games and laziness. It must have been about 2:00am when I realised my constant tossing and turning wasn’t an effective method of getting to sleep, I wrapped up in a  dressing gown, stepped down the stairs and into the back garden as quietly as possible. I’m back in the family home and we’re lucky to have the luxury of a garden during such a tough time, it definitely takes the sting out of those sunny days in lockdown. I checked my phone and played some tunes, contemplated my plan for the day… was I going to attempt sleeping again? Maybe just suck it up and pull an all-nighter. It was at this very moment, during the chorus of “Everything is Borrowed” by the Streets when I saw something.

A shadow prowling slowly towards me, pausing momentarily as it realised it had been spotted. I flicked on the torch built into my phone and shone it in the general direction of the shadow, in the belief I’d aroused the suspicions of a friendly neighbourhood cat. There it was, a beautiful red fox just sat there, scratching it’s white belly with its little brown paws and staring straight at me. It shouldn’t have been a surprise, foxes are extremely common in the UK and in many other countries around the world, but it was. I was taken aback by coming face to face with a wild animal, regardless of how common human experiences with foxes are. The fox soon disappeared after curing the itch on it’s fluffy white underbelly. With a flash of red and the wave of a bushy white tail, it hurtled over the neighbours fence scrabbling away with remarkable speed. It got me thinking, foxes although common are also pretty elusive and solitary animals. We can learn from such an adaptable and versatile creature when we ourselves are facing times of uncertainty or change.

Adapt…

Foxes or Vulpes vulpes as they are scientifically labelled, are the most distributed land carnivore of them all. Making homes in our towns and cities just as easily as they make their homes in woodlands and fields, foxes easily adapt to change. The human world is currently experiencing its very own periods of great upheaval. Coronavirus has greatly impoverished our lives in multiple ways, the only question is will we adapt to the change? What makes foxes so adaptable is their appetite. Fussy isn’t a term these carnivores seem to understand, they will eat everything from birds and insects to fruits and pizzas. They are also nimble and agile, possessing the ability to jump fences with ease and climb trees with little effort. We can learn much from the fox in such times, being agile to change is key to survival. If we can’t see our friends we can skype them, if we can’t play football with our mates we can play Fifa. Being able to adapt to any circumstance is an increasingly valuable virtue in a world that seems to be changing at an exponential rate.

As Smart as a Fox…   

Foxes throughout history have been seen as wise and cunning creatures, stealthily hunting and surviving with ease. As the world’s forests and woodland falls over time, the fox population shows no sign of slowing down while other creatures are threatened by the ever-increasing reach of human expansion. There are so many foxes in the world we can’t even establish a global consensus for the species, whereas the most intimidating predators at the top of the food chain like tigers and lions are suffering and diminishing in number at an alarming rate. 

Beast Mode…

You may have seen countless motivation videos, listened to a multitude of podcasts and speakers suggesting we have to hit life life like a lion. In order to live life like a legend we have to reach ‘beast mode’. This self-discipline through self sacrifice is something we can all learn from. It’s going to sound silly but I’d rather approach my goals like a fox, stealthily with strategy to complete them efficiently. Approach your goals with cunning, as silly as it sounds… approach life like a fox!

This Post Isn’t Even About Foxes… It’s About Perspective…   

This post isn’t a tribute to the fox or simply an admiration on how it has survived with ease in the face of human colonisation of planet earth… This post is about perspective. We face a world event that has completely changed our way of life. Coronavirus has changed how we interact, how we work and how we survive day to day as a species. We need to make sure we still do these things and adapt to change. Socialising through zoom or social media, working through the medium of microsoft teams just to name a few. In short we need to do all the things we would normally do, all the things that make us human but adapt to the obstacles that we have been presented with. Adapt to the barriers that stand in our way. 

It’s Time for Change… 

Just like the fox, humanity has had it’s fair share of adaptations. From the ice age to the second world war, the world changes. We just need to make sure we are cunning, agile and nimble to change, just like the pesky fox who shows no sign of defeat or slowing down. Persistence is key to success and that is something annoying people like me would be preaching with coronavirus or without…