Hey guys! I’m back with another coronavirus diary, this time from Clare, my mum! I hope you all enjoy reading about her experiences of coronavirus and lockdown.
On the 4th January 2021, all my worst nightmares came true as Boris Johnson delivered the news that nobody wanted but seemed inevitable. We were in another lockdown. Lockdown 3! Schools were closed, shops were no longer open and life was going to be limited once
again. How would we manage? It felt a little like déjà vu but much worst this time as we had already done this twice and things seemed to be getting worst not better. This time it seemed more difficult as we had not really had the Christmas we had hoped for, we hadn’t seen family and we were heading into cold, dismal January with little hope for 2021. This time nothing was cancelled as we had not made any plans and things seemed uncertain and unclear. I experienced a few days of feeling disillusioned and quite angry. I could not continue throughout this lockdown feeling like this and was reminded by a podcast I
listened to how much I had to be thankful for. So I decided I needed to change my mindset and have an “attitude of gratitude” which I made my mantra for this lockdown.
As I look back over these last 8 weeks, I realise they have passed by surprisingly quickly. We are nearly in March, spring is around the corner, better weather is upon us and we have a summer with more freedom to look forward to. I have taken advantage of this extra time by meeting friends for a walk, discovering new places to walk as well as visiting some old favorites. I have done some spring cleaning (a little early) and have watched things on Netflix on my “to watch” list. I have even learnt to play Chess! I have again spent quality time with my lovely family – precious times of game playing, film watching, walks and just
being together which in time I am sure I will look back on with such fondness. I am actually enjoying the slower pace of life and enjoying the moment to do those things I never have time to do during my usual busy, rushed life.
However, I am grateful for the road map set out on Monday which gives us hope of more freedom once again, seeing our family and friends and maybe even a holiday or 2? The
vaccine has provided us with a way out of this pandemic and a hope for the future.
This time last year, coronavirus, mask wearing, daily walks for exercise, social distancing, hands/face/space, zoom, queueing outside the supermarket, empty shelves, toilet roll
shortage and home learning were not really part of my vocabulary. However the experiences we have been through and the time to re-evaluate life will hopefully become an important time in our lives when we have really discovered the most important things to us. Although we can only dream of life without coronavirus, we can look forward to better times ahead.
Thank you for reading this post! Let me know if you want more posts from this series. There’ll be another post out soon but until then bye for now.
Amelia Grace a.k.a Amelia in Hull