I touched on this in my previous blog post and this will be last post relating to the global pandemic. I’m sure we are all exhausted with the news and the updates about the C word. I’ve been reflecting a lot recently and thought I’d share my thoughts and ramblings with you – without getting political!
Here are 5 things that the global pandemic has taught me.
Face-to-face human interaction is so important.
As a person with an ambivert nature, I can happily sit as an introvert in my room alone and enjoy my own company or I can unleash my extrovert side in waves. Obviously right now we must stay home and protect each other. Face-to-face interaction is almost a luxury now. We simply cannot do it unless its with people from our own household or by standing 2 meters or more apart. But, being forced into spending ‘me time’ for 2 months has me craving to be in a room full of people that I love and care for so we can just sit in each others presence and catch up face-to-face. I don’t take any of my loved ones for granted, but the lockdown sure has highlighted how much my people mean to me and how I can’t wait to be around them all again!
Printed Photographs mean the world.
I wasn’t sure whether to post this one or not but I’ve had permission from a previous client to share this. This is not in light of Covid-19 this is a general post about photographs and I am not promoting my business in any way shape or form here. I was recently contacted by one of my previous couples before the lockdown (in November 2019). They had lost a loved one to a longterm illness, which was not virus related. My couple who married a couple of years ago now remembered that this particular person was at their most happiest during their wedding day. So they contacted me to ask if I could print out one of the photographs of this loved one so that he and his wife could display it in their home amongst a wall full of family photographs. They went on to tell me that this was the last time that they saw this family member at their happiest and at their most healthiest and that is how they wanted to remember her. This reminds me why capturing those moments and preserving heartfelt memories is so important to me. Now I want to fill my home with photographs of everyone I love, because I cant be with them right now while in lockdown.
I’m a bit of a hippie and I’m happy for the planet.
Although there are incredibly sad reasons behind the need for us to be in a lockdown situation, we are allowing the world to heal. Mother nature is bigger than us… Julia Roberts tells it better in the video below.
I’ve always really enjoyed the simple things, like going for walks in the countryside or hill walks with the other half. I find being in nature quite calming and therapeutic, so I can’t wait to explore more of our beautiful English countrysides and National Trust locations.
Creativity comes in many forms.
For me I’ve enjoyed two types of creativity. My nearest and dearest know that I spend most of my mornings in the gym. Obviously they are closed right now so I’m finding ways to keep healthy and fit at home. Whoever created resistance bands, I love you and I appreciate you. I’ve experimented with various home workouts, I’ve gone on my daily walks and I’ve even started jogging- who even am I! But besides that I’ve also indulged in a different type of art. I’ve been creating abstract pieces in the hope that I get good enough to create wall art for my future home. I adore the colours running into each other topped off with beautiful gold.
To stop being so hard on myself.
We are in a global pandemic that nobody has experienced. We are doing our best to navigate through it. We are adjusting to a new normal. We don’t have to have taken up a whole new daily routine to stay busy. We don’t have to have it all together. Netflix, take a nap, be still, that will suffice in a situation like this. I saw a post recently that said
“You are not stuck ay home, you are safe at home”
and that is all we need to understand right now. This lockdown is a tiny glitch in our lives. WE GOT THIS and we will recover.
We have all been forced to rest and reflect while our world heals from humans and I couldn’t think of any better gift for not only us, but for our planet too (my inner hippie is doing a little happy dance). After all the panic we now see the positives of this pause. We now understand what is really important to us and what we are grateful for.
What has the COVID19 situation taught you?