COVID ponderings: fuck off memes

It’s Friday night and I’m sat at my kitchen table, Rod Stewart in the background asking the world to let him know if it thinks he’s sexy.

After-work virtual drinks and a catch up with Women’s Wednesday means I’ve finished the beer in my fridge, and I’ve got no more to replace it. A sleepytime tea brews in a mug, steam rising towards the ceiling in a spiral.

Someone asked if I’d be writing during COVID-19. YES OF COURSE, I replied. Only I haven’t really. Or nothing much that I’ve published.

Anyone else just bloody TIRED? Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually having a great time right now. Enjoying some time alone, time at home, downtime, getting stuck into some work yada yada. I’m keeping healthy, doing a bit of exercise (but not excessive) and sleeping well. But my brain and body are tired. I’m sleeping more than normal, and lots of things just take that little bit more concentration and energy.

Obviously there’s good reason for this (just google and it’s all there). No one’s really unaffected, we’ve all got different stuff going on, different stressors etc. There’s physical and psychological effects for all of us.

I’ve been withdrawing a bit. Taking some time by myself, recognising that I needed to just do the basics of looking after myself. Eat, sleep, exercise, work, chill.

Social media is a double edged sword right now. It’s the main (and sometimes only) way to keep in touch with people, but it’s also full of so much bullshit. Like memes and quotes and inspirational bollocks. Now, I usually love a good meme. But not right now. Right now, they’re fucking me off.

The amount I’ve seen that are passive aggressive, narcissistic, encouraging competitive suffering or just plain aggressive is a million TOO MANY.

We don’t have to tear someone down to lift ourselves up. We shouldn’t judge other people’s actions based on our own experiences. We shouldn’t shame people who don’t share something, or join in, or clap on their doorstep. There’s plenty of room in this world for us all, and plenty of room to do our own thing.

Let’s be kind and just let people get the fuck on with what they’re doing, without judgement eh? You do you, and let people do them.

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