What have you learnt about yourself?
Stef: That some of the things which seemed to hold huge importance before the pandemic simply aren’t that important and that we will be ok whatever happens as long as we have our family and health – cheesy, but true!
Emily: That I need to slow down and spend more quality time with my kids. Work and house tasks usually get in the way, so it’s been good to take a step back and realise what’s really important in life. I’ve really enjoyed that aspect of lockdown, making memories with the kids. It’s been challenging but it’s been great as we’ve been forced to think outside the box and have had fun doing it.
Gill: That I enjoy my own company and I value time by myself – I’ve learned to appreciate the slowing down of life, which is hard with 3 busy children and a demanding dog! Against the uncertain backdrop of the pandemic, there’s been so much fun and joy spending precious quality time with my family, and that’s been a real silver lining.
Kate: Aside from not seeing friends as often as I’d like, I don’t think all that much has changed. Fortunately, I can still ride, shows and dressage are still on (albeit with some weird rules) and social distancing is easy when you go out in your smelly riding gear and wellies, everyone keeps away 😊.
Kirsty: The best quote I’ve heard, and one that’s helped me, is ‘the days are long, but the weeks go fast’. I’ve learnt how much I actually value being alone! Hah. I haven’t learnt any new skills, but I was able to spruce up on some during the start of lockdown through online training – also very helpful for returning from maternity leave!
Matt: I have learnt how important it is for me to people to interact and socialise with my family, colleagues, and friends. I am definitely an outgoing person and I didn’t enjoy the situation of being at home so much!
Abi: That I can work from home successfully. It’s been challenging at times, but I think we’ve all managed really well! Also, that I actually enjoyed going to the gym, I miss it.
Nicole: Not about myself but that the most important things aren’t actually things, they’re people. I’ve learnt not to take anything for granted and to make the most of every moment.15th September 2020