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Easter Monday – what a strange year so far.

Easter Monday already. How on earth are we already at this time of year? And what a strange year it is! I hope you are all doing well and staying safe. Lockdown is difficult. It is strange. But it is vital so that we can beat this horrible virus together.

What are you finding difficult about lockdown? I am struggling with not being able to just pop out and see my family. I am missing work (never thought I would say that!) As a family we are also missing our walks. We love walking and although we can still take the dogs out, and stay socially distanced, we would normally be looking to head to the hills and take part in one of, what we call, Will’s walks. These walks take us miles and usually involve challenging hills to climb. We usually end up exhausted but exhilarated.

However this lockdown has been teaching us new skills. As you all know if you read my previous post (here it is if you would like to read it https://cashmum.co.uk/new-hobby/) I have started gardening. I started it before this world changed completely. I am so glad I did as I am growing fruit and vegetables and at the moment this seems like a good idea.

Have you started a new hobby since lockdown?

Drop a comment and let us know.

Looking forward

Having spent the best part of 4 weeks in lockdown I have had the opportunity to spend time looking forward. I know this will be controversial but I don’t want to return to “normal” life after this is over. If this has taught me one thing it is that Mother Nature keeps on providing no matter what else is happening in the world. I don’t want to return to not being able to hearing the birds sing or seeing the bumble bees.

We have so much to look froward to when this is all over but are we going to go back to our fast paced, no time to spare lives? I really hope not. I hope we all will be able to take lessons from lockdown and appreciate what really matters in life. I have come to appreciate the time I get to spend with my little family, the walks with the dogs, the time I spend in the garden. The little things that I took for granted have become special times, not chores. So although I really want this horrible virus to be over I don’t want to rush back to “Normal” I want to continue to value my life and enjoy what I do.

Finally

I know that this is not my normal type of post and I hope you don’t mind it being a little self indulgent but I wanted to get my thoughts out there. This has been a therapeutic post to write. It is my opinion and mine only, you can choose whether to agree or disagree, I won’t be offended. We are all struggling in our own ways, we are all scared for our lives and the lives of those we care about. But I feel strongly that, as an individual, I need to look at this situation and learn from it. I have take this poem as my inspiration to take a new look at my life.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
William Henry Davies

Please take care everyone.

Until next time

x

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