To say the last 4 months have been strange would be an understatement. Who would have thought this time last year that you wouldn’t be able to shake hands or even go within 2 metres of anyone you don’t live with. That is now, at least for the time being, the reality of the world we live in.

I consider myself to be one of the very lucky people in this situation. I have had a very supportive employer who has been very transparent and supportive, as well as being very luckily to live with my Fiancé and my parents. I know how hard it must have been not only for people to not see their nearest and dearest but to not have the support network to help them through it.

23rd of March 2020, when Boris Johnson announced that the whole country would be locked down. I don’t think anyone knew what would come next. However, over the next week whilst working from home I watched the construction industry grind to a halt.

After this week, I was placed on furlough leave. I think at this point, most people went one of two ways. They either saw it as an opportunity to better themselves, or it completely threw people out of their normal routine and they then struggled to cope.

I would like to think that I am a person who always tries to make the best out of a bad situation. At the end of the day, there was nothing we could do about it and at what other time in your life are you going to get 3 months off work? So that’s what I did. Although the first 6 weeks was a lot tougher than the second 6 weeks due to restrictions being a lot more strict.

The first 6 weeks consisted of a lot of walks and exploring the little freedom that we had. I also managed to improve my 5km running time from 35 minutes to 25 minutes although now the football is back on, I’m not sure that the cider I will consume will help that time! It also consisted of me and Jess watching all 22 Marvel films in order. I have never been that involved in the Marvel franchise although I have watched a few of them over the years. Jess - my Fiancé - is a huge fan and after watching them in order I can see why, it is very well made and planned out story that is gripping.

The second 6 weeks was a lot more enjoyable for me. On the 11th of May the government announced that outdoor sports were allowed. This meant that I could now do my 2 favourite hobbies again, Fishing and Golf. This did not only bring me a lot of enjoyment but these are also things that I do to help me relax which after 6 weeks of being at home only being able to do limited activities it was much needed.

After 4 fishing trips and 6 rounds of golf I can safely say that the second half of lockdown was a lot more productive and enjoyable than the first. It wasn’t just having something to focus on to try to improve that helped me during lockdown, but it also gave me time to introduce Jess to my hobbies which our normal schedules didn’t really allow for. She came fishing with me once and came to accompany me on a few rounds of golf and it was great for her to experience the things that I enjoy doing in my spare time. She has already asked when we can go again!

In conclusion, these 4 months have been a very challenging time for our country. I hope that you haven’t been affected too much by this pandemic and that you were able to keep yourself as busy as possible during testing times. I would also like to take this chance to thank all of our NHS and key workers who have looked after us and kept this country going during the unprecedented times.