Week two of the Lockdown in the UK and it’s feeling even more surreal than the first 7-days. I’m not normally one to drink at home alone, but hey these are unprecedented times… I’ve been dancing like a lunatic on the house party app and sharing videos of myself dancing like a crazy woman on IG stories…out of character? Definitely. Clearly physical isolation is getting to me! Is this happening for anyone else?
Silver linings of COVID-19?
If we have to find the silver linings in all of this I guess the first one to spring to mind is the rise in people reaching out to connect. Compassion and kindness are starting to shine through the clouds – and it’s making me restore my faith in humanity.
I have been in touch with some friends that I have not spoken to in a long time. As each day passes, I am realising what really matters – and the value of friendship more than ever. I’m not drunk whilst writing this [I promise] but yes, going through this is really making me feel sentimental and grateful for the people I have (digitally connected) around me. I also have even more levels of respect for my landlord and his wife, who are my neighbours and have been incredibly supportive, not just during COVID-19 but for all the years I have lived next door. I think all this time on my own has forced me to think more about the people I don’t have the option to have ‘physically’ in my life right now as well.
I am a self-confessed workaholic, fuelled by the determination and the belief that I will have created something in my life that is giving back to society by the time I am forty. Spoiler later, I am working like crazy as I want to meet that deadline… So whilst lockdown brings me the opportunity to ‘work even more’ it’s also highlighting the most human of needs – my own need for love, to extend kindness and offer compassion.
The attitude of gratitude
When things get tough (and being in lockdown is affecting us all in different ways) I try to be as grateful as I can be. I find the attitude of gratitude goes a long way, with a sprinkle of a reality check every now and then – this seems to keep my spirits up. I don’t live in the clouds, but I do have my own version of the world – one where I see positivity, opportunity and hope.
As a result of my hard work and commitment to my ‘vision’, I have lost a lot of friends along the way. 6-years ago I was VERY social and out in London enjoying life and living for the weekends and holidays.
But then it all changed when I decided to set up my own business…
It’s super sad but it happens: friendships drift apart – some survive, some don’t. During the lockdown, I wondered how many people would be there for me, or if I would find myself at home, alone, with no one to talk to.
Actually, I have been surprised with how caring all the new people have come into my life are, most of them are aligned with who I am today, respect what I do, and most importantly they encourage me to be the best I can be – supporting me every step of the way.
It’s many of those new wonderful humans that I am super thankful for during lockdown. Building a community with my Ethical Brand Directory family has been hands down the best thing I have ever done. I feel so blessed to have wonderful entrepreneurs and small business owners to work alongside. Many of which I have formed wonderful supportive friendships with.
So, to summarise week two has definitely been about gratitude, and me feeling slightly insane… a bit like week 2 of a holiday where you finally start to get into the swing of things – and act anything but normal in a bid to adjust with the new routine.
Did anyone else find themselves going a bit cuckoo in week two?
I’ll be back next week, with week 3 of my lockdown diary. Hopefully, I will keep these diary entries going, they are proving to be quite therapeutic! ????
Stay safe, please remember be kind to yourself and others.
Catch up with all the Lockdown Diary Blogs
You can read the Week 1’s entry here.