So it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that in recent months many of us have been feeling a little uprooted. With millions of people across the world unable to go to work, I’m not going to be getting into the dire straits of Corona, anything remotely political or the macabre daily figures of doom. Instead, I want to focus on some positives of lockdown and what all of the extra time on my hands has meant for me.
When I started this blog back in 2018, it served as somewhere for me to put everything that I was writing. I knew that I wanted to freelance as a writer, but I didn’t know what field I wanted to be in; my journalism degree ominously eyeing me from my bookshelf. Fast forward to the start of 2020 and I was working part time in a customer service job and part time as a freelance writer. After being furloughed back in April, I launched full force into my freelancing and May was my most successful month to date.
This is also one of the main factors that is making me not want to return to ‘normal’. I am of course grateful that I have a job to go back to eventually, and my time spent writing in the past couple of months has only fueled my freelancing fire. I am more determined than ever to do this full time, one day.
Although I have refrained from jumping on the banana bread bandwagon (mainly because I hate bananas) I have found myself cooking practically each and everyday since lockdown. I loved to cook before lockdown, but in the past few months I have really been experimenting with exotic flavours, spices and a whole host of new recipes. From red velvet cake and triple chocolate chip cookies, to paprika salmon with peppers and chickpeas and successfully managing my first ever barbecue with my Mr, I have really enjoyed having the energy to spend more time in the kitchen.
- Being at Home
So, of course I miss going out. I miss popping to the pub for a quick drink on a Saturday afternoon and I miss going for brunch on a quiet Wednesday morning. But truth be told, I revel in being at home. In the past, I have spent a few long stretches of time in the house, only going out for groceries, on my complete own accord. From several weeks to a period of almost four months, whether between jobs (and trying to save money), my prior attempts at freelancing (making me too broke to go out) or on a break from university (ah, those summer breaks were long), I am quite happy in my own little space. Whilst it can get frustrating, I am grateful everyday that my home is a safe and happy place, where I love to spend time.
This may seem like a strange one, but I have always hated how close people get in queues and in public spaces. I absolutely loathe crowds, especially within close proximity of others, and I have really loved the fact that this new little thing called ‘social distancing’ has been implemented. Though the global pandemic is obviously not great, I am thankful that people are now more conscious about where they stand. I am also glad that people and businesses (ahem, public transport) are paying closer attention to hygiene than before. (I will completely overlook the terrifying fact that so many people needed to be reminded to wash their hands regularly that soap was suddenly sold out for weeks!)
I think not being able to go out for anything other than ‘essentials’ and exercise in the thick of the lockdown really helped me and lots of other people to fully appreciate time outside. Even though I didn’t have a dog to take out with me *cries*, I found myself looking forward to my daily walk. I live in London, so my views were not as scenic as some I saw on social media, but I still managed to find a handful of new places, I had previously never explored.
I don’t want to make this overly sappy in any way, but I do want to quickly mention how grateful I am that lockdown has allowed me to spend so much time with my partner. Also furloughed from work, he too is working on his own business and I have really enjoyed spending time together working on our separate ambitions. Whether we have been battling it out for space on our ‘office’ table (I use the term loosely, because we share a studio flat), or enjoying the sunshine in our sliver of outside space whilst we work, I have really enjoyed every second.
What have you loved most about these super challenging times? Let me know in the comments below, and stay safe!