It’s been a while since my last post, and a few things have changed in the world- I’m sure you’ve noticed.
Life feels so surreal right now, the past few weeks haven’t felt like real life.I am constantly reminding myself of how lucky I am, safe in my home with all the luxuries I need, and how lucky most of us are in this country; to have the NHS, even in these trying times, is more than a lot of countries have (so make sure you clap and say thank you).
However, while I know my fortune, there is no doubt these are really strange times to be living in for everyone. Being told not to leave the house, except on that daily walk. When on that walk, passing anyone might mean an exchange of ‘hiya it’s nice to see you but don’t come too close’ looks. Staying away from friends, family and loved ones for the foreseeable. Turning on the news to hear the ever increasing number of people dying. For me, the worst part is not knowing how bad it might get and when it will end. There is always light at the end of a tunnel but right now I think a lot of us are struggling to even see a glimmer.
I definitely have moments when my mind goes a bit crazy thinking about all of this, and I’m sure you do too, so I thought I’d share a few things that have been keeping me sane over the past few weeks.
Forever a passion of mine, however, since I study English Literature at university, I have actually struggled to enjoy reading for pleasure recently. I am glad to say that this has now changed; after a semester studying Victorian literature, I have fallen back in love with reading and am trying to keep it up while I have so much time on my hands- it is the best way to escape from this mad world. I have a few books on my reading list at the moment, and have already read about twenty this year(completely normal for a literature student). Everything has been giving me a lot of inspiration with my own writing so I have decided to create a little book club segment on the blog for anyone looking for recommendations or a bit of escapism right now.
While I still have a few university assignments to finish and an online exam in May, I have started to feel a lot more motivated to create more blog content. There probably won’t be as much fashion stuff as I would like to write since no one is really going anywhere, but like I said, so many other things have been inspiring me recently (cheesy, I know) so hopefully the momentum will continue and there will be many blog posts to come!
University never ends, but for once I’m kind of happy to still have deadlines to meet. It’s good to have something else to stress about other than the global pandemic. I have been trying to work on my university assignments every day while the rest of my family work from home, but I am also buzzing about the day they’re finished and I can binge watch every TV show on Netflix.
Skype/ Zoom/ Facetime
I usually see my best friends at least once a week, so not being able to see them is getting hard. Thankfully, technology is in our lives and we can remain active on the group-chat 16 hours a day or facetime/ skype/ zoom/ whatever the kids are calling it these days. Keeping up to date with my friends and loved ones is definitely helping me stay sane but I do miss seeing their faces in person. We keep talking about the day this is all over when we’ll have saved up lots of money and be able to book a fabulous holiday- one can dream.
Social Media- the nice things
Social media gets a lot of bad press and it’s not difficult to see why, but during this time I have been turning to it a lot to make me feel better, especially Instagram. I follow a lot of people who inspire me and create amazing content, and I love that people have been putting positive messages out there and continuing to have amazing feeds from the safety of their own homes. In particular, I have been enjoying Katie One’s dance videos on her balcony in Paris! I’ve also been excited to think of new ways to take photos for my own Instagram- I can get quite lazy with this sometimes, but hopefully I’ll improve.
Something I never thought I would hear myself say. I may not be going to the beach anytime soon, but I have suddenly felt this urge to get into better shape and keep my body active. Joe Wicks P.E class in the morning has been a lot of fun for me, as well as random workout videos from YouTube I have been trying out. And of course that daily walk! I know I am guilty because I haven’t been taking advantage of that luxury every day, but I’m trying to go out a walk a few times a week to get some fresh air and remind myself that the outside world will still be here when this is all over. It might even be healing a little bit.
A cheesy one. We all have even more time than usual with our own thoughts right now and it’s so easy to get inside our own heads. I have decided to do some of the things I always think about doing-this week I cut my own fringe (successfully), something I’ve been meaning to learn for a while and sorted out my new phone issues which I would normally ask my dad to fix. My room has also been tidier than normal right now, my mum is so happy. Turning 21 has forced me to acknowledge I’m not Peter Pan and so I’m finally trying to grow up a bit. Right now, I am considering asking my sister, who is fluent in French and Spanish, to help me improve my foreign languages but we will see how that goes…
T.V and Movies
Of course, can’t forget about the amount of tv shows and movies I have been watching. I will definitely list some recommendations for anyone looking for something to pass the time, but honestly thank goodness for Disney Plus because it has cheered me up every day so far!
Hope you guys are all coping with this very strange world right now!