Wow, a year since lockdown began. I can’t believe it’s been that long, and yet in other ways, time seems to have gone on forever. The world has found new ways to live. Some have re-discovered relationships; others have discovered they shouldn’t be in one! Some have struggled with isolation; others have really enjoyed working from home or found a new appreciation for the small things in their lives.
I myself have found life pretty bananas. Kids have been home more, which came with home schooling and a messier house. It’s been a tough time for a lot of people to feel motivated, and there’s a guilt that comes with a period of time with nothing to show for it. Should I have become a master baker of bread or learnt Chinese? I didn’t. Fulfilment comes in different shapes and forms; mine comes when someone orders a birthday present, wedding present, ceremony poem or any other gift poetry.
I’ve had some bursts of satisfaction, like when I ambushed all the legends in my local Aldi with a tribute bespoke poem https://youtu.be/tsxZ5WP6LrA. I got a lot of crazy looks, but I heard that a lot of workers in supermarkets around the country heard my appreciation, so it was worth it.
The most of my spare time, however, has mostly been spent despairing about my dwellings being upside down, and wishing I had done ‘this or that’. I don’t recommend it!
Until normality resumes, I hope you don’t feel pressured into becoming the most creative, successful or productive individual. It’s ok to just do nothing!