Now there’s a blog title that I never thought I’d write. What a weird few month’s we’ve all lived through. And that’s the weirdest thing, is that we are ALL living through this, wherever you are in the world, 2020 is a bit mad. With the end of lockdown kind of in sight in the UK, with so much more freedom being granted from 4th July, it seemed like a good time to look back over these crazy few months and acknowledge what I’m taking from this time, and make a physical note of what I’ve learnt from lockdown.
1. Black Lives Matter.
This has to come first, although the pandemic is ruining so many peoples lives globally, Racism has ruined peoples lives for hundreds of years, and although it may seem inconvenient for the movement to be so vigorously triggered in a time of social distancing, the truth is that there will never be a more convenient time than the present to try and change the world for the better. We all need to put the work in to give future generations hope of an equal world. Obviously this isn’t something that I’m only just learning about, but the whole movement has re-surfaced with abundance in recent weeks and subsequently has triggered me to consciously learnt a lot more about Black history, as well as the embarrassing truth about white history which is in stark contrast to what we are taught at school.
Now the next few things are obviously much less important than the above, and I don’t want to seem as though I’m categorising these things into the same level of importance, I am definitely not. I will be writing more detailed posts around what I’ve learnt on racism and white privilege (I know I’m privileged to have had to learn so much now, and have not experienced it), so for now I want to mention some other, more light hearted, things to come out of lockdown.
2. My Career can be flexible.
As much as I have a job that I enjoy, I always had a bit of me that held a grudge against the rigid 9-5 office life. I always wanted more freedom to work in my own space on my own terms. Naturally as an introvert I am definitely calmer and more productive when left to my own devices, so having the chance to embrace that and actually prove it can work, has been amazing. This is something that I hope can be a cultural shift as a result of the pandemic, and hopefully companies will realise that different people work better in different environments, and respect that long term.
3. Video calls are not a big deal.
I used to dread speaking to people on the phone, let alone video calls. Not. For. Me. But now how things have changed, it’s like second nature. I can’t help but see the striking coincidence with the blow-up of zoom and lockdown, but hey-ho, at least we are all seasoned pro’s in video call forum now, so that’s definitely something most people have learnt in lockdown. And, it’s a win-win when you can save time and fuel by not commuting to a physical meeting, AND you can wear tracksuit bottoms from the waist down.
4. Checking in with people is really important.
And really Easy.
A text, a call, a zoom, whatever it may be, I think people are really re-connecting as a result of lockdown. Even people that I wouldn’t normally see more than once or twice a year have appeared in my social life via zoom multiple times just in lockdown. It shows it’s actually really easy to keep contact with people, and that our attitude of ‘that’s life’ isn’t really a good enough reason for being ‘too busy’ for the poeple in our lives outside of our households. Human interaction, seeing faces and hearing voices, does wonders for mental health. Particularly if you have people in your life who are on their own at the minute, make time to reach out, even a quick chat will make a difference to their day.
5. It’s ok to go bare-faced.
I honestly never thought I’d get to a point where I was pretty happy going out of the house with zero makeup on. I know that’s not a big deal for so many people, but personally it’s something that I’ve always been super self-conscious about. But lockdown has given me a chance to strip back my skincare routine and start a fresh, and give my skin a chance to breathe on a daily basis. As a result, I’ve gotten used to seeing myself without make-up, and showing my bare-face to others. It’s honestly been a bit of revelation for me. There is obviously nothing wrong with wearing make-up, but I think it is liberating to feel the same confidence without it, and therefore not rely on it. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy putting makeup on, and still have a day here and there where I put my face on, but its a rarity now, and I’m pretty happy about that.
What have you learnt from lockdown?