It’s been a while since I did one of SavingNinja’s famous thought experiments and here’s his latest one:
“Unprecedented events create new experiences. What fun, misadventure, or positive discoveries have you encountered while locked down?”
Usually I don’t take part because I don’t have the time, but I can’t really use that excuse on this occasion!
So here goes with a few things which come to mind after 4 weeks of official lockdown:
1 – Discoveries
The week when the bottom literally fell out of the stock market’s backside, I discovered that the massive drop in my investments did not give me any sleepless nights.
Here is how I slept that week (from my Fitbit):
I’d always wondered how I would feel during a stock market crash and now I know, although admittedly, it would probably have been a very different story had I relied upon my investments for income.
2 – Fun
Although there’s a lot more time for me to read, instead of doing so, I’ve decided to have some fun and have re-taken up another passion of mine, that of video gaming.
Still conscious of cost, I looked for a good free game to play and have settled on Guild Wars 2, a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) which is my favourite game genre.
I think I’m likely to be playing this game for a long while and find it really relaxing levelling up my character.
It’s also been fun having virtual meet ups with family located on the other side of the world and also virtual nights in with friends.
The other night, I also attended the first virtual Manchester FIRE Meet Up (via Zoom) – over 20 of us logged in for a good chat, debate and discussion. Post lock-down, I can see these virtual meet ups still taking place.
3 – Misadventures
Not driving my car for over 2 weeks meant that when I did try to drive it, the battery had gone flat. One of the neighbours has offered to jump start it so I’ll hopfeully get it sorted this weekend.
Also, my oven typically stopped working just as its 5-year parts guarantee expired, so not sure when I can get that sorted. My friend’s husband has offered to take a look (while practising social distancing) but I don’t know yet how much the parts will cost. In the meantime, we still have use of the hob and also the microwave.
Pre-lockdown, my diet was fairly low on carbs but our groceries recently have noticeably include a lot of carb-laden comfort food, eg bread, cake and biscuits. The good news is that I haven’t piled on the pounds (much!) so I’ll allow myself to enjoy these sinful treats while we must hunker down in our abodes.
4 – Routine
Being stuck at home, I feel that it’s important for me to keep my weekdays separate from the weekends as I don’t want them merging into each other – otherwise, what else is there to look forward to!? This is something I intend to maintain when I retire.
As such, I have continued to keep to the following routine:
- Wake up to my work alarm every day during the week (a little later than my previous work alarm as I don’t need to commute), shower and get dressed.
- Go for a quick 10 minute walk (replicating the walk I used to take from the tram stop to the office).
- Log onto work laptop at the usual time, stop for a dedicated lunch break and log off the laptop at the usual time.
- Rinse and repeat Monday to Friday.
- Alcoholic drinks only allowed at the weekend, as well as lie-ins!
And thus I reckon I have maintained my own sanity and a sense of normality.
You will have gathered that I have remained pretty positive during lockdown but of course I’m not entirely happy.
I miss hugging my friends, I miss eating/drinking out, I miss the office and commute (yes really!!) and I am really missing sport on tv.
I’d say the routine I’ve kept to has helped loads with me staying positive, but also, I think this ties in with ‘Haves’ and ‘Have Nots’: I still Have a job, I Have a garden and I Have Not got children. These 3 things I feel have contributed to my positivity, although as I’ve mentioned, my lifestyle has adapted well to lockdown.
I’ve switched off from a lot of social media and ‘news’ – all I do is keep basic tabs on what’s happening with the virus in this country and I don’t bother looking anything else.
I feel sorry for people who are suffering (mentally, financially or physically) but there’s only so much I can worry about so I reserve my concern predominantly for my family and friends. The government will do (or not do) whatever it will do (or not do) without me having to stress about it too.
Yesterday, one of my closest friends messaged me saying she has the virus symptoms – here’s hoping she doesn’t suffer too much and that she makes a fast recovery.
As I write this, I realise that if the government were to announce a further extension to this current lockdown, I think I will just shrug my shoulders and get on with it.
Other bloggers with their personal takes on this Thought Experiment include:
Money for the Modern Girl
Anyone else got any thoughts to share?