Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – One Year on

This time last year, I never imagined I’d be trying to marshall my thoughts into some sort of coherent post about how the last 365 days have been for me and my family.

It is perhaps easiest if I divide my thoughts into two columns – positives and negatives …

Positives:

  1. Lockdowns work. They’re hard on the population but they were the only thing that seemed to lower infection rates.
  2. WhatsApp groups flourished in the early months – lots of checking in with each other, funny memes and jokes.
  3. Baking – I rediscovered my baking ability (but knocked out far too many cakes and biscuits).
  4. Zoom calls for work and play meant a whole new learning curve but ultimately helped us to remain connected and it was great to ‘see’ so many people in one place.
  5. Gardening – our small back garden received a lot of attention and the front flower bed has never looked so lovely.
  6. We discovered that The Boy and my God Daughter are phenomenal at virtual Harry Potter quizzes.
  7. Tilly has absolutely loved having us all at home, all the time, and not to mention all the long walks she has enjoyed.
  8. I found a fitness routine that worked and I still follow it.
  9. The Best Friend and I began cyber cropping together on a regular basis.
  10. The vaccine. 🙂 Both The Brainy One and I have received our first dose of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, with no obvious side effects.

Negatives:

  1. Homeschooling was not an enjoyable experience for any of us. 😦
  2. Chatting on WhatsApp groups fell away. By the beginning of January, I had so many groups open, I’d get them mixed up. I left them all and it was incredibly liberating.
  3. The lack of interaction with family and friends has been hard. I never knew that I would miss hugging so much.
  4. Christmas, birthdays and family events over Zoom can never replace being together in person.
  5. The lack of overseas travel has only aggravated my itchy feet.
  6. On a national level, the number of Covid-related deaths has been horrifying.
  7. The inability of some people to wear a mask correctly is both irritating and frustrating.

I was expecting to find that I had more negatives than positives, but it seems the reverse is true.

My friend Deb wrote about her thoughts recently – you can find that post here.

Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards also expressed her thoughts recently – find her post here.

8 thoughts on “Covid-19 | Life in Lockdown – One Year on

  1. Thank you for the connection with all of us through your Life in Lockdown posts & guest posts. Like many I continue on the roll coaster ride of a life time – up, down, huge curves that make me feel as though I’m falling out, tunnels of darkness, light at the end of that tunnel, loops, fast, slow. This last year has confirmed my dislike of rides! I have so many thoughts & feelings about it all & sometimes the only place it has felt safe was to park those feelings in blogging. Thanks for the reminder to focus on the positive & if I struggle with my own positives, I remember some of the positives for the world at large.

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  2. It is so easy to just see the negatives some days isn’t it? But there have been positives and it’s really interesting to see the ones that you have mentioned. I think that it has made many people re-evaluate what is important and what isn’t. Oh how I hope that people don’t go crazy when restrictions start to be eased, I don’t think any of us want to contemplate another lockdown!

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    1. I’m also concerned about how people might behave once the lockdown lifts. I’m simply happy at the thought of a cuppa and a dog walk with my SiL. 🙂

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  3. I think you’ve pretty much captured the essence of how we all feel about the past year. I, too, had more positives than negatives. Mainly in that I’m a pretty busy and active person–my life and schedule well planned out. On the other hand, my husband prefers to just wake up and then decide what to do for the day. As a result, we were always going in different directions. When all activities stopped last year, that left just the two of us. We’ve had a great year. We’re pledging to make sure we continue to carve out plenty of time for us! Hmmm. Seems like we made a New Year’s resolution without even realizing it!

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  4. Yes, it’s interesting how many positives you have found, as opposed to negatives. (I think my list of negatives is perhaps a little longer than yours!) I do like that quotation. It’s certainly been a year of so many twists and turns that can feel dizzying.

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