It’s been 100 days since New Zealand went into level 4 lockdown. I’ve been keeping track. It’s been a major shakeup for some, in particular for those who are still facing uncertainty. One day — in a year, two years, five —  what will you remember about your time spent in isolation?

What did you learn about yourself?

I guess the biggest thing for me was how much I need social contact. I consider myself an introverted person and could think of nothing better than being forced to stay home with all my creature comforts. But there’s a special kind of resistance when it’s not by choice. I immediately realised how much I needed to stay connected with my friends, family, loved ones, neighbours, work contacts, and my lovely class members.

What is one thing you will remember fondly about this unusual time?

I loved the peace in my area. No traffic, more native birds, strolling around my neighbourhood, walking on the road. Every smile or gesture from a stranger passing by carried had so much more meaning. There was a wonderful feeling of solidarity and connection from within our isolation bubbles.

I love hearing about your experiences during this time. 

Remember when I used to do those 100 Day Projects? 100 days felt like an incredibly long time. I usually wanted to give up about halfway through. This is what a photo a day for 100 days looks like. 

100 Days Project 2016

Being mindful and present

The past 100 days seem to have flown by. I mean, how can half the year have passed already? How can it be July? I tried to stay mindful and present during lockdown (and still now) by acknowledging and recording one thing every day that I achieved. It didn’t matter how small or trivial it seemed (sometimes that was all I could come up with). Completing an important job on my list, making a delicious meal, creating something. Then I picked the best thing and made it a weekly accomplishment. 

We are coming to the end of week 27. The time still whizzed by. But now I can review the year to date with a sense of accomplishment rather than wondering where the time went. 

✅ Day 100: Published blog article