It starts a lot like gentle irritation
Gnawing at the skin that crawls
With the urge for something new
Or old, as the case may be.
This stagnant air that wraps around
Our lives in scarves of quiet sadness,
It needs to move, to blow in new directions.
It will, I know. Just give it time,
For now just rifle through the images
Of olden days and happy times,
They’re coming back on that Eastern wind, I’m sure.
I have quite liked lockdown because I’m an introvert. I don’t really like going to social gatherings so that has been no hardship. And then I work in a school and a shop so I was required to work in both. This meant I had something to keep me occupied and I didn’t have the money worries that so many others have had.
However, there are a few things that I’m starting to miss so I can understand why people are so keen to get back to their old lives. And for me, it’s swimming.
I hadn’t even been swimming that much in the last few years but as pools are slowly starting to reopen, the local news channels have been visiting pools that I have raced in all throughout my childhood. It’s bringing back so many fond memories and making me think I might get my cozzie back on.
I hope that everyone else is coping in lockdown and I hope that you are looking forward to things reopening. I wonder whether other people will restart hobbies and sports that they haven’t done for a while because of everything that has happened?
It would be nice to know that is the case. Something good has to come of this awful mess the world has gotten itself into.
PS I don’t normally put many photos of me on the blog but the one above is of me while I was training to swim the English Channel about eight years ago. Those were really happy times and I would love to have those back.