When life throws you a curve ball, you need to at least try to catch it, even if you have to change your handling technique.
I would be lying if I told you this was the first time I started writing this post, quite the contrary. This is quite possibly the 20th time the words have hit the page. However, every attempt thus has seemed incoherent, unconstructive, and perhaps a tiny bit offensive.
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Three weeks into South Africa’s five-week nationwide lockdown period (for now) and everyone in my family still (for now) seems relatively sane. Or so it all seems on the foreground. Things are going relatively normal on this side of the world, as normal as it could be (PS (Quick question): Is it just me who cringes every time I see people on the television touching each other?) under the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic that the world is facing at the moment.
In general, I try not to live under circumstances, but above them. I will be truthful and tell you this has not been easy as of late. The pandemic has shifted the balance in the world, shifted the focus and shifted what is normal everyday behavior.
Firstly, I want to apologize for pulling a disappearing act. Ever since the rise of the Covid-19 infections in South Africa, my thoughts have been consumed with the spread of the pandemic. Basically everything in my life has changed to accommodate this obsession. I had such high hopes for the last half of March and the first two weeks of April. Not only did the virus consume my mind, a couple of other things also filled my thoughts and took a lot of my capacity away as it needed my fullest attention (I cannot elaborate on this right now, but as soon as I have an outcome, I will share with you).
My future has now retaken priority in life (not that the pandemic has lost impact in my thoughts). I am teaching myself a sort of discipline I did not require before.
Secondly, my moving day plans have changed quite a bit. On 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would be going into lockdown for 3 weeks from midnight on the 26th of March 2020 until midnight on the 16th of April 2020.
Earlier that evening, I was busy preparing my next moving day post. That was until the President gave his address. I was alone and terrified when I heard him uttering the word ‘lock down’. Not only was I in the last stages of getting rid of everything I own, I did not have a place to stay in Richards Bay, and I did not want to be alone in a new city whilst being stuck in my apartment. After a few phone calls and a few tears, I started speed packing and got onto the road at 1pm the following day. Instead of staying on my own with no physical support for the period of the lockdown, I found my way to Betty’s Bay (where my parents live). It was a long trip. I arrived in Betty’s Bay on the 25th at about 21:30. (right in time to celebrate the last couple of hours of my dad’s birthday with him). Therefore, due to a series of events, moving day (to Johannesburg) has been postponed until when the lockdown is lifted.
Thirdly, be careful what you wish for. Cause as it turns out, even if it’s only temporary, you just might get it. You will not be ready for it, but eventually, you have to adapt to it. So, in the post titled “Dream life”, I spoke about my perfect life and in that I detailed my perfect job. Well. As a result of the lockdown, we have been working only 4 hours a day (well I’ve been working 5), so the balance of the 8 hours were left open. I will admit my motivation and spirit has not been where it should be lately. I have been working on posting and writing, but when push came to shove, I just could not get myself to write something productive. Perhaps this would be a good time to finish the journaling prompts started a month ago.
Here is the plan for the next couple of days (2 weeks or so) until the next adventures can (hopefully) commence:
- Do 14 days’ worth of journaling prompts – To get back into it again
- Do 14 days’ worth of devotions – To work on my spiritual being
- Finish the “Moving day” series – Moving day is not done, just postponed
- Write the “Last (two) months of blogging” post as a follow-up to the blogging lessons post.
- Do 10 Geographic Information Systems related blog posts – Not that I’m planning on posting daily on this topic matter, but I did say the adventures are commencing after the lockdown period is over.
- Compile 1 mini course (free) and 1 master course (paid) for GIS – Need to start sowing my skills into others who aspires to follow this line.
- Start with a 14-day exercising regime – To get back into shape again (on the other hand I’ve grown rather attached to my squishiness)
Now I want to hear from you. What have you been keeping yourself busy with during this time of lockdown? Are you also learning to adapt to a new life? Are you creating a new one? How much do you long for what you once considered to be normal?