It’s been just over a week since England welcomed ‘Freedom Day’, with virtually all COVID-19 restrictions being lifted (or at least no longer a legal requirement for the most part).
Whilst the government’s decision has left a country divided, particularly due to cases continuing to rise, for many this date has marked the confirmation of festivals and concerts returning to arenas and fields across the country.
(Disclaimer: the places mentioned and the photographs taken in this post occurred before the current UK lockdown, and at the time of being taken, were in line with the government guidelines put in place.)
The daily walk. The slither of normality. The regular parole from our otherwise and current ‘behind-closed-doors’ lives.
Whilst we are now emerging into a post-lockdown world, for some, staying local still remains to be a comfort blanket. For me, over the last year, daily walks have become implemented in my lockdown lifestlye.
The déjà vu that no one wanted to experience again. Just as we were ready to dust off our best outfits and get ready to be vaccinated, the UK slammed a lockdown-sized door in our faces, leaving shops once again, to be forced to close.
Music. Despite being an industry that contributed nearly £6bn to the UK economy in 2019 (BBC News, 2020), the last year has told an otherwise contradicting story. With venue doors closed and festivals cancelled, it may be a while until we find ourselves singing in our thousands to our favourite live artists.
But whilst being reduced to silence for the time being, this hasn’t stopped up-and-coming artist James Cumner, a.k.a Edenhill, from pursuing his aspirations of a music career this year.
Mental health. With 1 in 6 people in England experiencing a common mental disorder , it certainly seems to be something we are all affected by. Yet, despite this, it is plied with stigmas, with people often finding themselves shying away from making it a topic of conversation.
But, according to a recent report by the NHS on Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) , in June 2020 there were over 100,000 referrals to talking therapies: so shouldn’t this be a normalised conversation?
Instagram. With around 1 billion active users (Sprout Social, 2020), the platform is one of the most used forms of social media. During a time in which we face a worldwide pandemic, whilst we are separated physically, social media has kept us connected: or has it?
Travel as much as you can. You can earn back your money, you can’t earn back your time.
If someone were to tell me this time last year that I was going to go swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon River, or that I was going to visit the Norwegian Fjords, then I probably would have laughed in their faces. Sure, travelling the world has always been a dream of mine, but I only believed it would be possible when I finally kicked in my ASOS addiction and saved some money (and that probably wasn’t going to happen any time soon!).