So. One year later. Huh.
What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Nothing much I suspect but it has been interesting reading back on some of the stuff I wrote this time last year. I’d already committed to a month of ‘daynotes’ for March 2020 – they were supposed to cover SDinGov and my time in Oslo. Instead they documented my anxiety about Covid and my early attempts to get prepared for a couple of months of lockdown.
I was definitely taking it seriously from the start and I was also clearly struggling with what it might mean in the medium term for work.
So 52 weeks later I am still taking it seriously and I’m still not 100% sure what it means for the future of (my) work but like most people I am reliving those early days a bit in my mind.
Those 52 weeks broke down something like →
24 weeks working for Essex County Council
2 weeks with Covid
30 weeks with Long Covid
12 weeks on crutches
11 weeks working for the Welsh Government
100 Deliveroo orders
7 new pieces of art
6 new pairs of trainers
14 new (graffiti) t-shirts from artists
120 cans of spray-paint
3 new streaming services (Disney+, Starz and Apple TV+)
75 new graphic novels
1 company rebrand
2 weeks of paranoia
1 lockdown birthday (2nd in a week)
1 trip to pub for lunch with friend (Sara)
1 trip to bar for afternoon drinking with friends (Anne and Chris)
3 ‘home office’ locations
47 jobs newsletters
1 office rented
1 office given notice on
3 new desks
2 new office chairs
2 new computers
3 cancelled holidays
6 trips on a bus
7 kilos heavier
1 vaccine shot
I’ve not been feeling great the last few days but despite that I am starting to feel like there might be some light at the end of the tunnel.
I have had my first vaccine jab. I can walk now (not well and physio isn’t going great but I can walk.) My brain is much clearer. The clearest it has been since May when I caught Covid. I am reading again. Enjoying work more. Contributing more to more activities. Back to being a School Governor. Thinking about making future plans without (much) trepidation.
So while it is still a bumpy ride things are trending in the right direction and after the last year I’ll take that.
How are you feeling?