Can you believe it?! It’s been a whole year since the UK first went into lockdown?! I remember the evening so so clearly – let’s be honest, we all knew it was coming and we had been crying out for it for weeks, so when it was announced that Boris was making a statement to the nation that evening, we all knew what it would be. But, I still remember sitting there watching the statement with tears running down my cheeks (and a gin and tonic in hand!) – we might have known it was coming but was still scary and overwhelming to hear that our country was heading into a “lockdown”.
Who knew at that point that a whole year later we would still be living under restrictions, having not seen family members and friends since that time.
Everyone has faced their own struggles throughout this time and I think its very easy to think that you’ve got it harder than others, but as so many people share online, you never know the whole story with anyone. For me, I have been working on the front line in PPE, with covid +ve patients. Yes, it has been scary at times and there have definitely been times where I’ve wanted to curl up in a ball and hibernate until it’s all done. But then I look at those who have been shielding and those who have been furloughed or unable to work for a year now, and I feel so so grateful to have been in a position where I can work, where I can get out of the house and see other people, where I can get a change of scene and do something different with my day; despite it being scary at times.
Everyone has their own experience of this time and faced their own struggles with it and I honestly believe that we will all have learned really valuable lessons about ourselves through this time – resilience, bravery and so much more.
I’m honestly not sure what the point of this post is – I just felt that this milestone was something I wanted to acknowledge – we’ve all been through it in the last year, but hopefully we are on our way out of it now….fingers crossed!
Keep powering through all, you’ve got this!