Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Day 66 in quarantine, been outside for the first time

Right now it's weird to think about the fact that it's 66 days since the Peruvian government implemented their nationwide lockdown and curfew, it's scary how fast these days have passed. What makes it even weirder is the reality that I haven't been outside this entire time, or I have been out on our patio, but not outside of the apartment complex that we live in. Instead, I have been “locked up” in our apartment and office trying my best to stay focused on the tasks at hand, like my work, family, blog and future projects. One thing I can tell you is that it has been far from easy at times and I don't think it comes as a big surprise when I say that my productivity has been dropping drastically lately!

That's why it feels so good to bring the news that I have actually been out walking for the very first time since the curfew came into effect today and what a rush it has been. At first, it felt like I was doing something illegal, but a few hundred meters down the road all kind of amazing emotions came up to the surface. Just the pure joy of being outside and feeling a little bit of that freedom that got taken for granted two or three months ago made me feel like a kid again. By the time I passed the gas station I was more or less singing and dancing, it had to be a weird spectacle for those who passed me on the street. Even the neighbourhood dogs were looking strangely at me and trying to avoid me with my somewhat weird behaviour.

The thing was that I needed to get something at the local grocery store and my girlfriend didn't want to go out, so I used this opportunity to get out and about. Not to forget spending some one on one time with my camera to get new photos for my blog, but the end result is far from my best work I would say. At the same time, the best thing that came out of my walk today has to be my improved morale and mood. It was like my “system” got a boost and loads of ideas came flowing in, even tried to record my first video for Youtube when I got back home. So the thing is that I will do my best to have a video ready for June the 1st because I will try to have these walks more often, but being careful at the same time. You know with my visa situation and all


Anyway, I am now sitting here in my office in a really good mood over today's big event and I will say that this “boost to my system” revitalised my system in so many ways, not sure how great of a feeling this was just by being out of the house for a few moments. At the same time, there are some rumours about the lockdown coming to an end soon. Okay, it just got extended by another two weeks, but by looking at the COVID-19 statistics things are looking promising at my end of things. So you can believe I am keeping my fingers crossed for some good news very soon. It would be so great if the curfew got lifted by the end of the month and we could go back for a weekend at Pasamayo to spend time with our family there.

The thing is my friends, I just felt like sharing some good news and something that has brought me some needed sunshine today. Trust me when I say that it was weird to be walking around saying hello to my neighbours after so many days and with a mask on of course. Not taking any chances with the virus. Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed my happy mood update and if you did, why not check me out on social media. You find me on Facebook (Beyond the Horizon) and (Jack White Sr), on Twitter (Jack White), Instagram (Beyond our Horizon) and you can always support my work through buying me a coffee on Ko-fi (Jack White Sr). Would love to see you guys support me at least on social media!
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