Sometimes you have to let life turn you upside down, so you can learn how to live the right side up.
This blog post is going to be a bit of a diary style one. One where I am very much just chatting to you, like I am talking on my Instagram Stories, or writing in a diary. I feel like the words I want to type are as jumbled up as my brain is processing them. So, I really hope you follow along with me here.
On New Years Eve 2019, I never in a million years would have thought that 3 months in to the roaring 20’s we would have already experienced so much. In the last 3 months we have been completely hammered with all kinds of emotions in the news.
In three short months we have left the European Union for good. Experienced storm after storm in the UK, in which parts of the UK were drastically flooded. Our hearts were broken watching the news of the Australian bush fires. A lot of us were deeply saddened by the passing of Caroline Flack & the awful circumstances around it. Then, the world went in to lockdown with Coronavirus.
Isn’t it just a really odd time in the world right now.
On top of all of this are the personal issues and torments I am sure all of us have been going through. That is enough to send someone on a one way ticket to an exotic beach – but wait, we can’t right now.
Processing Life Right Now
I’m sitting here at the start of my 3rd week working from home. My new “office” is 2 fold away desks and a fold away chair. Not ideal, but needs must right now. In my usual office based job I very rarely worked from home.
Working from home is just one of the massive adjustments I am having to get used to. It’s taken over our living room completely in the day, Ste doesn’t really know where to put himself.
Thank goodness he managed to get hold of some gym equipment and weights. He’s set a mini workout station in the garden. I am just praying the weather stays fair.
Although we’re obviously used to living together, we’re not used to spending every minute of every day together, and that’s what’s happening. It’s happening for so many of us.
We are thankfully coping well, and falling in to a bit of routine. Come back to me in another months time, and I will update you.
Being In Lockdown
Since the UK officially went in to lockdown a week ago, it’s been a lot to get used to. No unnecessary trips out, head to the supermarket only when essentials are needed, and try limit yourselves to one walk/run/cycle a day.
This is literally life as we have never known it before. Our city centre (Liverpool) and our towns’ high streets/local shops are deserted. All shops, except supermarkets & those stocking food/essentials, are closed. All pubs, restaurants and coffee shops are closed. It is a sight I thought I would never see. Well, for longer than Christmas Day.
The schools, universities and colleges all closed a week ago now also. If you’re currently entertaining kids at home then hats off to you.
So many of you will already know all this, because you’re living through it here in the UK, but I am writing this in case anyone reads this from another country, I see you in my stats page. And also, I want to remember all this in years to come.
20 years from now, when we’re sat doing quizzes, or reminiscing with friends, or telling stories to our kids, the Coronavirus Pandemic has surely got to come up. I am praying by then that all this will be a distant memory, and that nothing else after this brings the world as we know it to a halt.
Goodness knows how long we will truly be on lockdown for, so in the mean time I am trying to remain positive. I have to admit that while I’m working in the day time, and reading my book or watching a movie of an evening, I do forget about it all for a brief moment.
I guess all we can do is keep positive, keep as active as possible, and keep in touch! Keeping in touch with friends and family is vital right now.
Everyday I say to myself how lucky we are that in this time of crisis how amazing our technology is. We’ve got Facetime, Skype, Zoom and even apps like HouseParty. I have been using these almost everyday, as well as the voice note option on Whatsapp.
It’s brought family & friends in to my home on a daily basis, and I love that.
For many of us, right now in our lifetimes, we are experiencing history in the making. Never before have I known the world to be so connected, and everywhere be in the same situation.
In 2020 terms, you could send a Coronavirus meme to anyone in the world and they would understand it.
Connected & Concerned
I feel so sad when I think of all the families affected by this virus, and all the pressure the NHS and key workers are under right now. But I also like to think about how connected and concerned we all are right now, as a society.
We are connected by social media, by blogs and vlogs and by video chats. And we are concerned for one another. We are concerned about health and well being, and also about each others mental health.
The amount of compassion I have seen has been amazing. I’ve seen people helping neighbours, the elderly, the sick, and key-workers. I just hope that from this awful crisis we can learn a few lessons about humanity, and hopefully continue to treat each other better going forward.
Although it sounds like I am remaining positive, and quite calm, that is not always the case. Sometimes I forget what the world is going through, and then when I remember I get this pang in my stomach. I then just have to sit still for a moment, and in the silence just say to myself it will all be ok.
And I pray that it will.
As a world we will get through this, and we will all come out stronger and better than before. I am sure of that.
I hope you are all doing really well, and keeping safe. Thank you for reading my ramblings. If you feel the same then please do leave me a comment below.
Stay positive and stay safe all,