May 19

“I can’t wait for you to go back to the office!”

May 19

That is what my partner has just said to me on the phone, “I can’t wait for you to go back to the office!”. He isn’t even here; he is classed as a key worker, so he is out at work all day.

I was a bit shocked to be honest.

Apparently, I think too much and I need to be back in the office and operating at 100%.

Now, to be totally fair, I usually work longer hours than he does and I am either in the office or on the road. I meet lots of people every day, week and month and I keep myself extremely busy.

If I am not at work I am busy doing something else or planning various social events. Anyone who knows me knows this to be true.

Then, all of a sudden, 5 weeks ago, all of that had to stop. I have had to work from home, conduct all of my meetings via zoom or skype and I haven’t driven my car in over a month (don’t worry, my better half has taken it to work a couple of times a week so it is being run ha ha).

All of a sudden there is a significant void. I am still working of course but it just isn’t the same for me. I have realised that as much as a moan about being stuck on M6 in traffic when I am visiting clients…I secretly love it. I really enjoy meeting new people and visiting new companies and new sites. It keeps my mind active and stimulated…more than I ever realised.

Yes, Zoom and Skype are a decent substitute, but they will just never replace the face to face meeting for me. I get so much out of it and I am really missing it.

I also love planning and doing things with friends and family. Our diary is booked up months in advance with lots of events and activities. Seeing those events in my diary week after week yet not being able to actually attend is fairly frustrating. But better that than catch or spread this horrible virus eh.

Personally, I thought I had been handling this lockdown situation quite well but clearly, I am not handling it as well as I thought.

To be fair, I am a pretty full on person. Some describe me as passionate, others as feisty and the odd one or two as relentless ha ha.

I think I might need to channel this energy a little better eh.

Even though I was shocked about what he said, I can’t disagree with him.
Have you had any feedback or criticisms from your partner or family members during lockdown? How did you react?

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