Since things have changed for us recently I have been thinking a lot about how to adapt to it. It isn’t easy especially with a daily routine in place. I’ve had nine whole days off work now with our new skeleton rota and despite catching up with housework and cooking, I haven’t done a lot with the days.
I have spent way too much of my free time simply thinking about how to spend my time. And today is my first day back at work. The free time ran out.
This was Old Street station in February. It is located underneath the (then) busy Old Street roundabout above. Now the underground station is empty, the local flower shop and cafes that operate down here are closed and only key workers walk through the station barriers.
I wonder if everyone in this shot are managing their free time better than I am. I am being a bit harsh on myself though, after all I did do the cleaning that I was putting off for ages, a couple of washes, and caught up with family daily over video chat. What’s frustrating is trying to think of a new daily routine and not achieving this. Lots of ideas ran through my head but none that developed into more than just a thought. Like a fisherman with his bait in the river, everything swims by without a single catch. It feels like a wasted day to me when reflecting.
My plan before the pandemic was to let readers vote for the places they would like me to visit in London. This would be done on Instagram using the poll feature on IG stories. I would put two popular London sights into the vote, 24 hours would be enough time to see the results and I would spend my next day off exploring and blogging my experience. I managed to go to Covent Garden (I blogged about this here and on Instagram) before having to take a pause for the foreseeable future.
But what’s more frustrating would be to lose a family member to the virus, so I’ll end my whining there. I did take a bunch of photos before the lockdowns and you are currently seeing them in my recent posts. So at least this will keep me busy as I play with lighting and get more familiar with photography software. I have a long way to go to improving my shots so that’s something to keep me occupied.
And I need to remind myself that routine doesn’t just happen overnight. It is something that takes time and instead of getting wound up over indecision, let time take its course and eventually a new path will form. A river carves its way gradually and this is no different. Just let things fall into place one by one without rushing things. So I will try to be patient. Patience was never my strongpoint…
I have more pictures coming at least, some from around the London Eye, the Shard and Piccadilly Circus to name a few. Just quick shots passing through as I take mindless strolls. Sometimes these shots work out to be the best as a glorious photo opportunity comes our way, so plans aren’t always needed anyways. Not that I’m promising that sadly, just hopeful for the future!
And I hope you have managed to keep yourself occupied with things to get you through. Are you someone that needs to create a new routine to keep you sane? Or someone that is more free flowing and happy to just sit it out with a nice book and wait for things to get back to normal and carry on as you were?
I’d like to hear how you manage when the path ahead is blocked.
For now at least.
Due to the Coronavirus outbreak I am somewhat limited as to what I can do in London, but I aim to post as much as I can during this time. I promise to have some great posts coming your way once this is all over as I continue to explore London.
Stay home, stay safe and happy blogging!
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