TW: brief bit about eating disorders. At School I hated exercise. It was always competitive. Any team related sports made me want to hide in the toilets. Luckily, teachers randomly sorted us into teams, otherwise I would have probably been one of the people who was last to be picked. Even my love for swimming was dampened because of the focus to speed up.
In England, as lockdown starts to ease, the pressure to go back to pre-pandemic life can cause heightened anxieties. We are now so used to a slower pace of life, social distancing and wearing face masks has become our ‘new normal’. With little still known about what will happen once restrictions have been lifted, it’s understandable that so many of us are starting to experience ‘return anxiety’.
The answer isn’t a simple yes or an obvious no. In my first permanent job I quickly became friends with the people I directly worked with. We had a group WhatsApp, would hang out at weekends and go for drinks after work. It was great until it wasn’t.
It was recently suggested to me by one of my favourite bloggers that I do a post about all the books I have read so far this year because there’s been a lot! In less than 3 months, i’ve read 16 books. Although i’ve read more than ever in such a short space of time, I have noticed a dramatic difference in the types of books I am reading.
TW – suicide and sexual harassment. It’s Women’s history month and on Monday it was International Women’s Day. However, IWD didn’t make me feel empowered.
The pandemic has forced us to spend most of our time staring at screens – with meetings and social interactions mostly being done via zoom – leaving us mentally drained and exhausted.
This past week, public figures have been fighting back at the media for constantly making a mockery of them. The media and popular culture mocking is hardly anything new but thanks to social media, celebrities are calling out offensive jokes, rather than silently allowing it.
Leaving the constraints of the education system is when you learn that learning is not linear. It wasn’t until I left school that I actually started to enjoy learning, because I was suddenly afforded more choice in what I could learn and how I learned.
Why do we confine love to one day of the year? When love is so much bigger than one day or one person.
I find out that Goodreads is owned by the evil, corporate giant, Amazon. I should delete Goodreads immediately. But. I can’t.