Life In Lockdown

اَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيْمِ
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمن الرَّحِيْمِ

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatu hu everyone!

It has been a while since I have published my last post, but I thought that it is time I make this post. It has been on my to do list for a long time now. Now that the lockdown has been lifted, I have been thinking a lot about the future and what my plans are. Lockdown has been a big change for a lot of people and to be honest with you I am (kind of, but not really) glad that it happened.

Me, personally I was very lucky. Financially my family wasn’t hit too bad. I mean our income significantly decreased but not to the extent that we were really badly struggling. Alhamdullilah. So, we were lucky. It got me thinking about how people in other countries survived. Living in the UK, it was a lot easier for the citizens of this country due to the help and support given by the government in the form of grants and loans. What about the people where the governments cannot afford to help their people or those governments that choose not to?

I mean that’s not really what the point of this blog post was. I just kind of got lost in my train of thought. This blog post is more just my personal diary of what I did during the lockdown. Whilst I was stuck at home, I have used this opportunity to start and expand this blog of mine. It’s an idea I am quite proud of and I enjoy doing it. Even if not many people might see this, it is something I have enjoyed.

I have recently started up my writing back up again and have started this new book. It’s called The Backup Bride and you can find it here. I have written three other books, but they are on Wattpad. I did want to put them on here seeing as they were doing quite well on Wattpad. Then recently I found out that one of my other cousins has found my website. So, I’m not entirely comfortable with putting that book on here. (No, there isn’t anything wrong with the book). I just would find it rather awkward. Maybe in the future I will put them on here, but we shall see how things go on my blog.

As things have eased down now, things are slowly going back to normal. My little brother has started work again. My sister is also looking for a job. My dad has returned to work and it seems like society is getting back on its feet now. There are also not one, but TWO, close family weddings coming up soon which I am really looking forward to. Have a lot of shopping to do and Eid is around the corner as well. It had been predicted that there might be a second peak in COVID cases in the winter, which I am praying will not occur because I really just want things to go back to normal. Not to say this quarantine wasn’t a good learning curve for me.

I had a pretty set routine and I feel like once university starts up again, the stress and panic of exams will set in. I do miss university, but it was really nice having all my family together in one house again. One thing I have done a lot of in lockdown is learn how to cook curries. I mean I have literally got sick of cooking curries, but curry night is literally a daily occurrence for my family. I am sure most Pakistani families can relate to that fact. Surprisingly I have baked quite a bit as well, which is a very big surprise seeing as my mum hates it when I bake. With that being said, my bakes have been a really big hit and miss with some coming out disgusting. I attempted red velvet cupcakes but that was honestly the worst failure ever. Kind of put me off making red velvet cupcakes again. Sweet and sour chicken is another one of my epic disasters. Although I might attempt that again. Just on a much smaller scale. Trust me when I say my recipes are after many trial and errors.

This lockdown has also helped me to improve my health a lot in terms of exercise. My sister and I go for our hour-long daily walks. On top of that I have my daily workouts which I do them in the morning which I think are really good for the mind. It genuinely is true what they say exercise is good for one’s mental health. And another plus is my skin has really cleared up. I am not too sure if that is because of the fact that I exercise or that I drink a lot more water and have a better diet. Regardless I am a happy person.

The best thing about lockdown is going to bed and getting up at literally whatever time I want. My sister can vouch for this fact as well. She LOVES to sleep. It’s her number one hobby. Technically speaking, this kind of depends on my mum because they are always telling us kids to go sleep early and wake up early. That never works out though. Even now as I am typing this post, it’s like quite late at night and my siblings are sat next to me playing PS4. I am sat here wondering whether I should even bother to go sleep now or wait until Fajr (morning prayer) and just go sleep after.

All in all, I do think lockdown has had its own silver lining. That is not to say that it has not had its fair share of problems and issues. But so does everything I suppose.

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