COVID-19 has taught us a lot about what the word ‘essential’ really means. Flour, eggs, pasta, alcohol, loo paper… we are all too well aware of the shopping essentials. We also learned about our essential relationships, our essential work needs, even about our essential selves. Life has been stripped back and, although we are starting to get some of it back, we are now much clearer about what really is essential in life. The question is, are we up it?