Personal Post – COVID-19 Has Returned to My City

I’m not sure if you have or are keeping tabs on the status of COVID-19 around the world, but yesterday they confirmed we have had a resurgence of COVID-19. It was confirmed today by our Prime Minister that it has resurfaced as community transmission and that they don’t know where it originated. This is the scariest part for me, as one location of the infected family is less than 10 minutes from where I live!

So my city (Auckland) is now in lockdown once more and at Alert Level Three while the rest of New Zealand goes into Alert Level Two. I have already been working from home full-time since March, and they confirmed it only last week that this will now be a permanent thing for many people I work with. And as I work in an industry that is considered “essential services” by the government, I will work all the way through.

I can already feel my anxiety levels rising once more, and I had a terrible sleep and tossed and turned. My partner was the same – last night we wanted to see whether we could get some essential grocery items from our local supermarket. But wow! Forget that – the traffic was so bad everyone was bumper to bumper panic buying. It was so bad, Countdown had to shut its doors two hours early due to the sheer volume of people trying to buy groceries. We have also had instances of the police being called in because panic buyers were forcing their way into Countdown stores and overwhelming the security guards.

So I am going to once again, throw myself into my writing and keeping my blogs updated and my mind off what is going out outside for as long as possible. This is the only way I know how to control my anxiety.

So expect to see a lot more posts from me in the coming days while our country confirms on Friday whether or not to go further into lockdown.

Thanks for reading, I hope you are all safe where you are!

Personal Post About Current Events

I thought it was the right time for me to blog about some things going on in the world, namely the racism, John Boyega and COVID-19. First, I think it’s important for me to say that I don’t like to blog about my personal life all that much. I used to do it way back when if the mood took me, but I prefer to keep my personal life offline.

I don’t have any issue with people blogging about their personal life. In fact, many people prefer the bloggers they follow to have a personal slant on life because, well, that’s what makes us unique. But I suffer from anxiety and depression, and unpleasant news triggers horrible anxiety. This is one reason I left Medium and why I unsubscribed from most of the blogs I followed there. Many of them focused primarily on negative issues which I needed to avoid.

This is also why I’ve been writing a lot. When I write, I don’t focus on negative things, and my anxiety levels stay where they should. Writing has always been therapeutic for me. And that’s really all I have to say about that.

So onto the COVID thing. I may have mentioned before that I keep an offline journal. This is where I blogged about COVID-19 and how it was affecting my life and the lives of people I know. Which is why I never blogged about it online.

Regarding the recent events, protests, racism, fascism etc, I try not to have an opinion either way. While the things I see happening sadden me and make me angry, I avoid any connection to these events for personal reasons. I have encountered racism several times in my life. Being a person of mixed heritage, racism happens everywhere, every single day, regardless of your colour. And it’s one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen in this world. It makes the entire world seem ugly and brutish to me. And when you’ve seen it happen in your own backyard, with your own family members, it’s even uglier.

And as for John Boyega taking the stand against racism, that’s great that he has used his profile for something better than harassing Star Wars fans 😂. Good for him! It takes courage to look hatred in the eye. I am glad so many well-known celebrities are taking a stance.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I’ll be getting back to my normal dose of Star Wars content in my next post.