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.
Don’t know about anyone else, but the last year has been bringing out the angsty teenager in me. On the phone to a friend the other night, we discussed how the pandemic has left us in a constant state of feeling overwhelmed by our emotions – much like when we were teenagers.
Music has the power to influence and evoke emotions. There are artists who seem to manage to delve into your darkest inner thoughts. In 2009 Florence & The Machine, later changing to Florence + The Machine broke onto the airwaves. Here was an artist who felt as intensely as I do.
Christmas is going to look very different for everyone this year; with Christmas parties over Zoom, empty markets whilst everyone shops online and many of us not being able to see loved ones. And, yet I haven’t felt this full of festive joy in years. Like so many others, festivities have offered a welcome distraction from the ongoing bleak news of the world.
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With little else to keep me occupied, I’m using whats on the box to keep track of the days of the week. Tuesday and Saturday evenings actually have plans! Granted, these ‘plans’ are sat on the sofa with the telly on but it’s about the closest thing to scheduled activity I’m going to get in the lead up to Christmas.
In a week where the UK was put under more restrictions and Breonna Taylor didn’t get the justice she deserved, I have really needed an escape from the shit show that is 2020. We all need some light relief and American comedies give me just that.