hello there! as we are coming out of a strict lockdown and back to a more "normal" way of life, I thought I'd reflect on my time at home and away from humanity and share some of the things that the past few months have taught me. I wouldn't say I've loved this time, but like I've mentioned in previous posts, I've tried to use this time wisely and I really think I have! anyway, here are 5 things I've learnt.
exercise and keeping fit is something you need to have in your daily routine.
I have wanted to have an exercise routine for agesss, so when the world goes crazy and routine goes out the window, it's time to create a new one. my family and I started doing 'pe with Joe' every weekday, but now he's finished, we are doing workouts by Chloe ting and I just love having something to get up for each morning and we have so much fun and it's helping me get fitter! I really enjoy it and never regret it, although it can be a little annoying if you're not in the zone! hahah! after doing it nearly everyday since the start, I know it's something I really want to continue as we go back to "normal".
take time to learn new things. no excuses.
I know what I like and like what I know. why should I learn anything else when I fear I might not be any good at it? having this time to play around with, it's been on my mind to learn new things or pick up something I used to do. I've done lots of sewing, but something I've wanted to get better at is knitting. I've learnt a few times over my life but never kept at it to be able to remember how to do it. for my birthday in June over lockdown, my boyfriend got me a 'sew your own Hogwarts scarf and hat' set. it was so lovely to sit down with my mum and learn how to knit again. it started off very wobbly, but I'm doing well. it's something I may not have done til maybe next year, but I'm glad I've used this time to work on it so I'll have a new hat and scarf ready for the colder months!
time is precious, you should spend it wisely.
lockdown in the UK has lasted about 5 months, with us now being able to get back to normal a little bit. when you think about it, 5 months is no time at all, but at the same time, it's near half a year. I'm so glad I've achieved a lot in this time. I've made short films, tried to make more content for YouTube and things, learnt how to care for my hair, got really good at just dance, and many other things. if I've got spare time from now on, sure I can go on tiktok for an hour, but I could spend the time reading or writing or dreaming up my next adventure. I've learnt that time does fly by, but if you use it wisely, you can capture every second.
you shouldn't take spending time with your loved ones for granted.
I always appreciate any time I spend with family and loved ones, because I always think that things can change at any moment. it's a bit morbid but true. but this time has really accelerated those thoughts, making me realise that the time I spend with the people I love is so precious. I can't wait to be able to go and see all the people I love whenever I want without worrying about a virus, but until then I will make the most of video chatting, letter writing and phone calls.
if it's sunny, wear a dress.
we've been lucky that most of lockdown has taken place over sunny days. it's annoying because we can't go out to fairs or do things that would normally be on, but at least we can be outside soaking up some vitamin D. I love winter and taking a coat and an umbrella with me wherever I go. I guess I just like to be prepared for the weather changing like it always does. not that I'm scared to wear anything but long trousers/jeans outside, but because of the weather situation, I am always stressed that I'll be in a summer dress and that's the day that summer ends. now I've learnt to just put it on and if things change, they change, that's ok. I've lived in shorts, some jumpsuits I bought last year, and trying not to worry about my body or what the weather will do. it's dumb but for me it's a big deal, but something I may not have done if I wasn't spending most of summer just at home.
so those are the things I will be taking with me as we go onto the next thing that life throws at us. whatever it is, I hope 2021 is amazing, because I'm bored now. hahah! good luck future anna!