Last year, 23 March saw the start of a new way of life for all of us. Whizz straight to a year later and were kind of still in a lockdown/under some level of restrictions preventing us from living our lives as we would’ve been two years ago!
It got me reflecting on the past year and trying to look on the bright side of lockdown, what I have learned from the past year in lockdown and what to be grateful for. I saw a TV programme last week where members of the public were being asked what they were grateful for after a year in what has seemed like isolation. So, why not compile a list of things that we’ve all learned to be grateful for and what we have learned throughout the past year.
Firstly, taking friends and family for granted seems to be the most prevalent thing that comes to mind when reflecting on life in lockdown. We’ve never been separated from our loved ones as much as we have this past year and it’s certainly made us all grateful for our friends and family. If you guys are anything like me, you will have made future plans for when we can all be reunited properly, like normal, such as picnics, cocktail evenings and family events and gatherings!
All this time alone and away from loved ones has certainly given us the time to reflect on what our day-to-day lives used to entail. As silly as it sounds, human interaction is something that has been lacking in many of our day-to-day lives. I think, with things returning to normal, correct human interaction is something that I’m a bit out of touch with! However, when things to return to normal, I think I’ll definitely be one of those that takes smaller steps back to normality rather than rushing back to the pub due to this lockdown making me extra cautious.
Another thing the lockdown has made me grateful for is the surrounding environment and the nature we’re surrounded by. Never have we been out for as many walks as we have in lockdown due to there not being much else to do while locked indoors. I hope you can all appreciate the finer things in life. I know it’s made me more aware of how the weather affects my mood, I am certainly a lot happier when the sun comes out to play, especially as I have been spending a lot more of my time in the garden.
If anything, I hope you can all take something away from this blog, whether that be admiring your surrounding environment a bit more when out on your walks or that it’s perfectly okay to not want to rush back to normal if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.
Look after yourselves and keep smiling!