Like so many people I got to celebrate my birthday during lockdown. Lockdown in South Africa is similar to level 4 lockdown in other countries so no going out, visiting your friends, exercising outside etc. the only reason you can leave the house is to get groceries or medical supplies (the essentials) or go to seek medical attention for important stuff (no going to the dentist for a teeth clean guys!).
Given visiting your mates for a party doesn’t count toward the things I could do for my birthday I opted to go out for the first time in a week to get a few groceries. Today was the first time I left the confines of our house for the 7 days since lockdown started so I hadn’t seen how quiet the roads were… it was so strange driving on what are normally quite busy roads without seeing a single soul. Everyone in the shops were behaving as directed and keeping their distance, aided by the shops who seemingly overnight installed Perspex shields between the cashiers and shoppers and markings all over the floor with spaces demarcated to assist shoppers in knowing the distance to stand from others. The most “important” item on my list was cupcakes (I know not really an essential food item… unless its your birthday) which I thankfully managed to acquire.
I took the afternoon off from work, so the rest of my day was spent chatting to friends and family, chilling with my pooches and hubby on the patio and scoffing champers and cupcakes. All in all it wasn’t the worst birthday – I think your day will work out as you choose frame it in your mind: if you see yourself as trapped and unable to do X,Y,Z then that is how you will remember your day. If you choose to see yourself as one of the few who get to celebrate during a world changing event that will go down in the history books forever, then that’s how you will remember your day.
I’m hoping if you have celebrated or are celebrating your birthday during lockown that you choose to see it in a positive light. Don’t forget to call a friend or family member to chat and take some time to treat yourself to something you enjoy e.g. a nice meal, read something inspiring, journal, be creative or take an afternoon nap.