Hey guys! So I think it’s perfectly safe to say that 2020 has been a very weird year. Never in a million years did I imagine coronavirus affecting our lives so much and forcing us to live in lockdown for months. However, there have been some positives that have come from it. I’ve done some really cool things in lockdown that I don’t think I would’ve done otherwise. So here are 5 of them!
- HOST A PROM PARTY: Due to coronavirus, my school prom was cancelled. It was supposed to be on the 24th June and I was really looking forward to it. However, instead of moping around all day having nothing to do, I invited 5 of my friends over for a get together in my garden (with social distancing of course!) The weather was really kind to us (if anything it was a little too hot that day) so we set up a gazebo in the garden for us all to sit under and we decorated it with flower garlands and ribbon decorations. It was so nice to see everyone and I thought it was a pretty great substitute for prom.
- HAVE A MURDER MYSTERY PARTY: For my birthday this year, I’d originally been planning to visit Lincoln for the day with family and have lunch out with my best friends. Obviously with the pandemic, this couldn’t happen but instead I got to have a murder mystery party, the first I’d ever gone to. We all dressed up as different characters and went on face time with my grandparents so they could participate as well. The whole evening was amazing, one that I’ll remember fondly for a very long time.
- EXPLORE DIFFERENT HOBBIES: To be perfectly fair, I had quite a few hobbies prior to lockdown. I dance, play the flute and piano, read, obviously blog, do make-up and write imaginative stories. But during lockdown, I’ve had the time to not only develop these hobbies further but to explore new ones as well. I’ve tried out knitting, rock painting, video editing and I’ve just bought some roller skates as of yesterday. I’m not sure it was the best decision I ever made safety wise but I am enjoying using them so far. I’ve really enjoyed having lots of time to invest in these things and I hope they can all continue beyond lockdown.
- FORGE BETTER CONNECTIONS WITH MY FRIENDS: This one’s a bit weird because you’d be inclined to think the opposite is true. While I have drifted from some of my friends in lockdown, I’ve become so much closer to some of them because of face time calls and social distance meet ups. I do think lockdown reveals who your true friends are and who’s willing to put the effort into making your friendship work when you can’t see each other for months and months. So I’m very grateful for all the face time calls and social distance meet ups I’ve experienced and of course for all my friends. I have a lot of love for you all!
- FORGE BETTER FAMILY CONNECTIONS: I’ve spent more time with the family I live with over lockdown and I’ve really enjoyed that too. I’m grateful that they are all easy to live with and arguments have been left to a minimum. Some of my favourite things we’ve done as a family are have a mini festival in the garden for VE day which was so much fun and go on more family walks. We’ve also had lovely face time calls with my grandparents every Saturday night to have games nights and I’ve been on facetime with one of my cousins Hannah pretty much every week. I’m glad to have strengthened my family relationships during lockdown.
Thank you for reading this! Let me know how you’ve found lockdown in the comments! There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now!
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull