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In Scotland we’re emerging from lockdown 3/4/5 (I’ve lost count now) and moving into Tier 3 which allows more freedom while maintaining some level of restrictions. This last lockdown from Boxing Day until 26th April felt like a lifetime but at the same time, I can’t believe we’re at the end of April already. I knew lockdown through winter would be much tougher than in Spring/Summer with the shorter days, longer nights and walks/outdoor activities less appealing when it’s cold, dark, wet and dreary however I think most people underestimated just how challenging it would be.
Nevertheless, we made it through and can only hope that it will be the last severe lockdown we face for the foreseeable future. Realistically, I anticipate there could be local / circuit breaker lockdowns required in the near to medium term future however hopefully as more people receive their vaccinations, the spread of the virus will continue to reduce and life can resume.
It’s a strange feeling being able to make plans again and go places, almost surreal after such a long period of time. We’ve gotten used to shops and restaurants being closed and life being quiet and uneventful. I can’t wait to catch up with my friends this weekend and generally see people in the flesh. I’ve been keeping a list of things I want to do, places to visit and cafes or restaurant to try but it’ll be a very slow and gradual process, I’m not in a huge rush to do anything aside from seeing my nearest and dearest.
The downtime and isolation brings into focus the most important things in life and while we knew what they were before, it has certainly heightened our appreciation for them.