I’ve noticed that I’ve been feeling more ‘down’ of late, and even though I know it’s okay to feel all the feelings, I’d much rather focus on the positives.
The negative: All our travel plans for this year have been postponed or cancelled.
The positive: There is still an outside chance of going to Bruges in October. We are considering a day trip to my favourite university town, Cambridge. I am reliving fantastic memories of living on Ascension Island for 6 months, half a lifetime ago. We are making plans to hang out with family and friends. We are making use again of our annual memberships of the National Trust and Kew Gardens.
Staying at Home:
The negative: Both The Brainy One and I initially thought that the stay-at-home lockdown wouldn’t impact us that much, given that we work from home. We forgot to factor in The Boy Child being at home with us for 24 hours per day. We forgot to factor not being able to leave the house when we felt like it. I didn’t realise just how much I would miss the pool at my gym.
The positive: We’ve survived being at home with The Boy Child for 24 hours a day. 🙂 We’re grateful to have Tilly in our family, giving us a reason to leave the house for exercise every single day. I’ve embraced online daily Pilates and Step classes and feel so much fitter for it. We’ve spent less money. A lot less.
The negative: If I’m honest, The Boy Child lost all interest in homeschooling around the week 6 mark. His parents lost all interest in homeschooling around the week 2 point. The struggle has been real.
The positive: The end of the school year is less than a week away. We will use the Summer holidays to have The Boy Child to complete as many outstanding topics as possible.
In the News | Current Events:
The negative: I stopped watching the BBC Six O’Clock News daily fairly early on in lockdown, as I couldn’t cope with the saturation coverage of this Covid-19 global pandemic. I found it macabre that the number of reported Covid-19 deaths was read out every evening, as if this horrific figure was something to be proud of.
The news of the death of George Floyd was something that couldn’t be ignored and I watched in awe and concern as crowds gathered around the world to take a stand and to make their voices heard.
The positive: It’s okay to feel all the feelings.
As someone who lives with unearned, inherent privilege, thanks solely to the colour of my skin and where I was born, I am open to listening and I am open to learning. The words of Dr King are a timely reminder of all that is true.