The past few months have been difficult. Being a stay-at-home student has been more overwhelming than I thought it would be. Deadlines seem to creep up on me time and time again, take me by surprise, or fly over my head completely. I guess that’s what happens when you don’t get to see or talk to your lecturers or classmates everyday, anymore. No one’s there to remind you about things as much.
I’m struggling, but surviving my final year of uni.
South Africa is at lockdown level three, which means that we’re allowed to go to the beach, national parks, exercise outside at any time of the day, go on hikes, and a lot of restaurants are open for takeaways. It’s not back to ‘normal’, but it sure feels like absolute bliss. It’s a start.
That doesn’t mean that it’s all sunshine and rainbows now. It’s quite the opposite actually. South Africa has the highest number of Coronavirus cases in the continent and the rate of infection is shooting up in numbers, so are the number of deaths. Pretty bleak, and there’s no telling when it will all end.
I can’t believe that half the year is gone. Sometimes I get sad thinking about how my 23rd year of life will be spent wasting away indoors, with nothing to show for this time. But that’s not entirely true, and I need to remember that.
I’ve gotten to spend more time with my Mom and sister, we’ve watched more movies than we can count (The Hunger Games is insane, can’t get over it), I’ve been working towards finishing my degree, I’m the Lifestyle editor of my university’s student paper, and my friend Miah started a magazine, Cappuccino Mag, that I’m now a part of too.
There will still be good memories from this year.
I plan on getting back into posting regularly, here. I’ve also been feeling so inspired to do interviews again (stay tuned for one with my friend, Miah!).
No one likes cliché sayings, but there really is so much truth in the phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’. I promise you, it does.
I hope you’re well and staying safe out there. Look after yourself. Sending all my love, see you in my next post!
Here are pictures my sister took of me during our first time back at the beach in months, it felt like a dream.