So it’s September again and a year has passed since I started this blog.
What a strange and overwhelming year it has been!
But the rhythm of the year and the turning seasons continues, unfettered by the pandemic, brexit and the global economy.
And for that I am glad. Nature has been a balm and a sanctuary in these strange days to so very many of us. Lockdown was a breathing space for the natural world with all types of pollution reduced. For me the most noticeable was the huge drop in noise pollution. Even though I live in a small village surrounded by woods and farmland, a main road runs through too the nearest city and so mornings and evenings are always busy.
The quietude was beautiful, birdsong and the wind in the trees was the dominant sound, heaven!
I realised a long time ago that I’m an introvert, Susan Cain’s book ‘Quiet’ was a fascinating read, but I didn’t dig into the subject any deeper, until lockdown.
I got so much done during my time away from work, I definitely made good use of it, and spent a large amount of time reading, along with lots of jobs which had been neglected.
Some of what I read was about introversion which lead me to taking a Myers Briggs based personality test I found out I’m a INFJ.
This was a revelation. I finally, at the age of 46, have insight and understanding of myself that had been sorely lacking.
Another test I did was for sensitivity, on which I scored really highly putting me in the HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) group.
The sensitivity relates to things such as light, smell, pain, hunger, the emotions and moods of others, caffeine, alcohol, temperature and sounds among other things.
This is definitely why I massively enjoyed some aspects of lockdown!
Although the fear and concern with regards to the virus was definitely not enjoyable (and is still present), and the massive loss of life is too high a price for the peace.
But it did show that we can live another way and have a greater understanding and appreciation of our world.
Today schools in the UK reopened and the traffic on my way too and from work, sadly seemed to be back to pre-virus levels.
I know people need to get on with their lives and the economy needs for us to work and spend, but I really hope we don’t lose to much of the positive things we have gained from this unprecedented situation.
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