Wow, it’s been a while. I’ve missed writing. 😊
So, the end of lockdown is *almost* in sight, we are organising the practicalities for the return to some sort of normal or ‘transitional’ normal life whilst this thing is still out there. Shops and restaurants have opened across the country. I’ve been reflecting a lot over these past months over what I will be taking into the next chapter and what I will be leaving behind.
‘We are all weathering the same Storm, but we are not all in the same boat’. Anon.
- I’ve discovered that people don’t tend to behave well under threat. And THAT almost scared me as much as the virus itself. Remember, when we genuinely thought we wouldn’t be able to get hold of toilet roll because people were stockpiling it? Remember those pushing loaded trolleys full of pasta out of the Supermarkets with super smug faces?
- In stark contrast to this, I discovered an altruistic side and it’s this that I likened to the ‘war effort’. People signed up to deliver NHS prescriptions, raised money for those in need. Neighbours were quick to offer supermarket finds, and a stranger even offered me Calpol when I couldn’t get hold of any.
- The economy is super fragile. I’m currently self employed (but I do have more of an idea about what I’d like to do career wise now just waiting on the right opportunity to present itself) and times have been tough. I mean we’ve been through recessions before, as consumers we generally understand that High Street retailers can hit troublesome waters when consumers aren’t spending but Hair Salons and Safari Parks?
- I’m not a ‘homebody hobbit’ after all. I am a very much a people person. I miss belly laughing with friends, acting the goat and hugs so much. Don’t get me wrong I love Houses and DIY as much as the next person, but for me people are what it’s all about.
- News doesn’t always need to be followed hourly. This may seem an odd sentiment coming from a blogger / social media person, someone who lives to write and kind of be in the know, but I have found over the last couple of weeks that less is definitely more. I actually deleted the BBC/SKY news apps off my phone. I now check/look up the news once in the morning and once at night. Failing this, I asked my husband to relay anything key back to me.
- I can’t do it all. Immaculate home, home-school/look after Alex full time, act as a carer for other family members, renovate a property/prepare to launch a new holiday let business (from a far), write blog articles, do social media. Some things have got to give. These were social media and my appearance if you’re interested. Skincare game stayed strong though. 😊
- I actually can save when I want to. Like many who free lance/are small business owners (my intention for the cottage – a holiday let should all go to plan) the money has lessened but our out goings have massively decreased. The cost of fuel, eating out , days out . All I’ve really been buying is stuff to keep Alex entertained, pic n mix subscriptions and the odd H&M dress. We finally went bed Linen shopping last weekend and my heart just wasn’t in it. My mood improved slightly when I saw my favourite rhubarb Anti bac spray near the till. I take my wins where I find them. 😊
- Life can turn upside down at any moment. Live in the moment. Not everything thing has to be photographed either. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Wear that perfume you were saving for best, go for coffee with a friend, the washing pile can wait.
- Going forward I’m going to be unapologetically me in life (and on social media). There is always someone who doesn’t like peaches 😉.
- Life is too short. Follow your dreams. In the end you only regret the things you didn’t try.
As we start going out into the world again, a gentle reminder to be kind to yourself and others, we’re all doing the best we can.
As always, thanks for reading!
Love Lucy x