Things I like about lockdown*
Peace and quiet
Little to no FOMO (aka Fear Of Missing Out)
Reduced cost of living
My pal's weekly Zoom quiz. An absolute Godsend and something to look forward to every week.
No pressure to dress up
No pressure to go out
Feel ok about being alone - it's now completely normal to be on one's own.
Not having to see people you don't like any more
A more level playing field for disabled people who can't get out of the house regularly because of their disabilities.
Regular Government sanctioned walks in nature.
Less pollution. I can breathe easier. I have had no asthma symptoms and barely any allergies for a year now.
The simplicity of life. Being able to pay attention to the small things.
Zoom yoga and meditation classes
The 'we're all in this together' feeling (even though we aren't really - see image above)
Things I don't like about lockdown
Having no place to go
Fear of other people infecting you
Having to keep your distance
The relentlessness of it all
Not knowing what's going on in the world as all the conversations are virtual. There's no bumping into someone at a networking event or conference.
The ableism of those who can and do take risks. So many people can't take those risks with their health and will be stuck inside when others are frolicking recklessly. That's hard to stomach.
Having no-one to hug or to touch
That flat feeling you get when a Zoom call finishes
Poor quality zoom calls - just get yourself a little webcam like this one that I have and a good light!
The divisiveness and politics of lockdown
People being careless or selfish about what risk they're creating for others
People losing their jobs and homes
Rishi Sunak, Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson
So. Much. Death.
*For some context, dear reader, I'm in lockdown 3 in the UK and riding it out on my own