Oh March 2020. You will forever go down in history as the strangest month of most people’s lives, and I’m just hoping April doesn’t get any stranger. This is without a doubt the weirdest ‘hello post’ I have ever written, and I honestly don’t know what to say. March 2020 is the month where we started it (at least in the UK anyway) as a normal life, and by the end of the month has progressed into a full UK wide lockdown… which could last weeks, or could last months. I think the only way I can describe this month is one fat f**king whirlwind.
I haven’t planned this blog post, so I think I’m just going to have a chat and a ‘brain dump’ about the month. However, if you are wanting something a bit more positive, then please go and look at other posts. I don’t want to bring anyone down right now if you are struggling.
I could spend this whole blog post complaining, or discussing the issues, or sharing my opinions, but nobody needs to read even more about the C word. I also do not want to add to the media shit storm that is circulating. If you do want to educate yourself more, I would recommend scientific podcasts, or the news platforms, but try not to expose yourself too much. I had around 3 days at the beginning of the month (when it was truly starting to ramp up in the UK) where I was watching the news constantly, and I can truly say it impacted my mental health severely. I have been a much better person since turning it off and limiting myself to just watching the speech once a day, and the occasional podcast if I want to learn more about the science or economics behind certain things. I highly recommend you do the same as such high exposure to negativity is so bad for you, and keeping your spirits and morale up is goal number 1 right now.
I was contemplating not writing a ‘hello’ post this month, but I have decided to go ahead with it, and I will continue to write one a month for however long I have my blog for. At the end of the day, this series was started in November 2016 to document each month of my life, and it felt weird to stop it. This is my ‘new’ life, and everyone else’s ‘new’ life, and I know its these posts that I will be coming back and reading when all of this blows over. One thing for certain is that I know that my life will never be the same again.
C word out of the way, lets talk about the month!
It feels like years ago now to be honest, but the first night of March 2020 was spent having a night out in Manchester. I can remember the night not starting off as planned, and me not wanting to go at the first. If only I knew it was my last night out for a while and the last night wth my best friends, I would have treasured it more. We sang in the taxi, and laughed and danced and got a bit too drunk. Memories were made for sure! It was only a week later than my friends all had to leave the country, and head back to their home countries so that they could be with their families in this uncertain time. Lets just hope that they can come back soon, because the UK just isn’t feeling the same without my Manchester girls here.
Just as a side note, the memories I have between finding out that my girls were leaving to when they left have a special place in my heart. Everything felt bittersweet as I don’t think I will see them for such a long time, and there were lots of tears involved, but it was also just such a good weekend. Lots of deep conversations, lots of alcohol, laughs and takeaways. We all just tried to make the most of it, and I’m glad I was there to say a proper goodbye to everyone.
Since 16th March I have been putting myself in a lockdown and trying to self isolate as much as I could, before the official lockdown happened on the 23rd March. So not much else has happened really. I know its the calm before the storm and the novelty will wear off soon, but I have actually really been enjoying having some extended time at home. My university has now been cancelled and moved online for the remainder of the year, so I have been focusing on online learning, decluttering my space, and also catching up on blog and youtube work. Making the most of this time at home is the only thing I can do, and I’m so fortunate to be in a situation where I’m with my family and nobody close to me is in a high risk situation.
Did someone just say youtube??
Thats correct. On 23rd March 2020 I finally launched my youtube channel. I said this in my introduction video, however my plan was always to start my youtube channel in my gap year, but now I practically have 6 months of spare time thrown upon me, I might as well bring my initial plan forward. Im also hoping that by the time my gap year comes around, I will have built up a solid community that I can then improve my channel when I have more time, rather than start it. I was so nervous to press upload on my first video, but I have since uploaded 2 more and I am so happy with how they are turning out, and the response to them has been overwhelmingly positive so thank you so much.
I apologise for how short this post is, but March 2020 has genuinely flown by, and I hope that this post wasn’t too negative. I’ve tried to keep it as positive as I can, but it is difficult when everything has been incredibly negative and fast changing. I hope everyone is holding up okay, not too bored and in a safe place right now. I have no plans for April (or the rest of 2020 at this rate) but I hope that my blog posts are bringing some distraction or motivation, and if you have any requests please let me know.