21:28

What a quick transition into May?! Common consensus is that the month of March dragged on quite a bit, while April has been and gone so quickly, and already we are into May. Quarantine life has made the passing of time a strange concept.

I wonder if I will ever get used to waking up according to my own schedule, or to having ‘too much’ spare time, or even to only seeing friends and family virtually. I find myself checking the news much more regularly than before, hoping for some semblance of good news or improvement to the current situation. At one point in early lock down I was reading the news at multiple points in the day. I found that this was not beneficial to my mental health and I found myself showing signs of anxiety. While I wanted to keep up to date with current happenings, it made my heart uneasy and my stress levels grow. At this point in the lock down the UK news seems to have levelled off. The general public know the rules to social distancing and how to go about their daily lives, it is more just a question of when things will change again.

Hoping everyone around the world is staying safe in light of the current situation!

21:24

My days are blending into one however I have been finding some more productive ways to use my time. I tried my hand at baking bread, did some gardening and picked up my ukulele (after a few years of not touching it). I also have recently started enjoying my runs more.

The sourdough starter I made from scratch went well but I was unable to buy strong bread flour in the shops, so my sourdough bread turned out quite dense. I also baked banana cake, scones and three ingredient banana pancakes. I have also shared my recipes and creations online as a way to interact with friends and family too. It is a way to share and create together but apart.

The front and back gardens have been weeded and I am proud of my efforts! Not something that I often did in my childhood home but now it gives me fresh air and sun on my skin.

Learning ukulele was a hobby I picked up back in 2013. It was an easy instrument to teach myself and I found that I enjoyed re-learning the chords as well as songs that I could play well before. Definitely a work in progress but practice makes perfect!

With all leisure centres and pools closed, I have been missing my swimming sessions immensely. It was my way to let off steam and destress after a long day at work. Recently I have started to get into my runs and use them as time to let out my pent up energy, as well as to catch up on my podcasts (as I do not have a commute to work).  I can feel my muscles getting stronger after the initial pain and tautness, and my stamina is building up step by step. I have also used my runs as a way to explore my local area and to appreciate nature more.

While it is an unsettling situation that we are all in with no idea when things will ‘go back to normal’, it can also be an uplifting time to build on ourselves and to strengthen our souls. Investing that extra time into myself has allowed me to develop skills I previously would not have thought to hone. All we can do is take each day as it comes, and to do our part in staying safe by staying home.

12:31

Not a night-time post for once!

Unfortunately due to the severity of the Covid-19 situation my church has decided to suspend all services until further notice. In all my life I have never experienced the church being ‘closed’. It truly is a testing time for the world.

Every Saturday I have attended Sabbath worship at my church in my home town or in my second home town. Even on holiday we would always make time to attend service if there was a church in the area. Today we attend services with other members around the UK virtually. Through technology we can live stream services and worship together from the safety of our own homes.

While this feeling of not being at church and with the other members currently feels strange, it will soon become the norm for both work and play. In the UK we currently do not have the lockdown restrictions that other countries do, but there are procedures in place to encourage social distancing.

Praying that this passes quickly and that everyone stays safe!

22:02

Through these uncertain times it is easy to be discouraged and frightened by the change in the world. It is easy to switch on the news, read articles and hear on the radio information which is scary and gives a feeling of unease. The last few times I went to a supermarket, a lot of the shelves have been empty. At work we are planning our business continuity plans and scheduling people to work from home. At church we have issued advice for the elderly members and introduced other precautions. Every day brings about new updates.

A favourite bible passage of mine sums up my recent thoughts:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”, whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15)

Do we know what is to come? No. Will we all be able to protect ourselves from the virus? I don’t know. Whatever happens will happen – everyone is doing what they can in this time of need. Stay safe everyone.