I know what you’re thinking, she’s going to be talking about the C-word ,that causes pain, suffering and grief, that C-word that takes away the lives of those we love, I’m not talking about THAT C word. And I’m not talking about that vulgar C word that nowadays seem to be an acceptable norm in our everyday conversations, almost as acceptable as the F word. No, I’m not talking about THAT C word either. I’m talking about the C word that is consuming the all our media platforms and chat forums , the C- word that has changed the way we live, our routines, our interactions, our policies and regulations, the way we work and communicate in business and in our personal lives.
So, lets not talk about it?!
I felt the need to write this post just to acknowledge what is currently happening in the world and because many people seem to be blogging about it. But I didn’t want every one of my posts to have a COVID focus, so I am writing just one….this one!!
My Thoughts & Lessons in Lockdown Life :
- I’ve been enjoying more quiet solitude time than usual. Don’t get me wrong I love being with people, I’m very social but I also sufferer of FOMO (fear of missing out). But forced self isolation has given me the time and space to reflect and reassess my life.
- Being in lockdown (I use that word very loosely – we were never in full lock down like some countries) has brought me back to writing and subsequently back to blogging. Which brings me joy. Rediscovering my morning pages has helped with adapting to the self isolation life and has helped me reset my daily rhythm.
- It’s encouraged me to declutter my mind and my physical surroundings, like my garage, my laundry cupboard, my pantry, my wardrobe.
- The world of gardening has been opened up to me. I’ve heard that a lot of people have been doing the same. Apparently, Bunnings and nurseries are busier as a result. Each time I have done a bit of garden related activity I quietly say to myself “dad would be proud of me” . My dad loved his garden, it was his sanctuary and his medicine. And sometimes in my mind I can hear my dad praising me for the good job I have done with my plants. I smile.
- I have learnt who and what in my life brings me joy.
- I have to admit spending so much time reflecting has reinforced my mindfulness focus and practice. My breathing has slowed, my mind doesn’t race as much with the things I HAVE to do (or think I have to do) and places I have to be at. I am more content and serene.
- I quite enjoy not having to be anywhere at any specific time, I enjoy my time talking and walking with hubby. I enjoy the slower pace of life. I enjoy the shops not being crowded. And I enjoy spending more time with my mum and getting to know her better as a person, not just my being my mum. And I enjoy nature walks
It’s taken me out of my regular routine and rhythm of daily life, and forced me to reset and create a new one. For a while I was feeling out of sorts and unsettled. But I now have more of a sense of purpose and direction with more passion and contentedness.
I would love to hear what your lockdown life has been like for you. Feel free to comment below or send me a message.