Life Update from Behind the White Picket Fence

Hi guys! Hope life has been good for you guys recently, I know we’re all living in our own bubbles where we’re all our own main characters, but I would love to know what you’ve been up to and how you’ve been feeling during this strange time.

I wanted to make a blog post to recap some of the things that have been going on in my life these past few weeks, recount my forays into different hobbies, and generally talk about how I feel… and boy, do I feel a lot of things!

I want to preface this by saying that things have been good with me. I’ve been coasting through life easily at the moment, and I wholeheartedly accept and acknowledge that this is a luxury not everyone has. Although the economy seems to have reopened in the majority of cases for England, I have been wary about going out and I haven’t yet visited any non-essential shops. I don’t see the point in making such non-essential journeys at a stage where the virus is still at large, but I understand the need for the economy to reopen, especially for small businesses that may be struggling during this time. I guess I don’t really know how I feel about these things right now.

Me, Myself, and I

I have, however, met up with a few friends in mostly responsible settings, and that has done wonders for my health. Being able to speak to my friends face-to-face in real life has given me peace and rejuvenated me. The weather has also helped as it’s been very hot and sunny (with brief intervals of rain and thunderstorms) which is so reminiscent of summers gone by, and I just feel more alive when it’s sunny outside.

Furthermore, I started prescription medication for acne about two weeks ago, which has been something I’ve been meaning to sort out for almost a year now. I don’t want to judge too quickly, but I have definitely noticed some improvement in my skin with the medication I’m on now, though there are certain spots that could do with something more potent. One of the side effects of it has been dry skin, and even before I started it I had some seriously dry skin, so this has just compounded to make it worse, but even that is now getting slightly more bearable after these two weeks. I invested in a few sweet little skincare products and rediscovered some old favourites, so I think the steady skincare routine has been beneficial overall, and my skin is on a slow, steady upward slope.

Health and Wealth

So, I’ve been working out almost daily since before Ramadan started, which has been one of the biggest changes for me this quarantine, and I’ve really been loving it.

I normally do workouts from YouTube videos and/or some cardio, depending on how I feel, but I’ve been experimenting a lot and deviating from this. To be very honest, I really need to up my cardio game because I’ve not been on it like I should be these past few weeks. I went through a (very short-lived) phase of running, but running is hard work! I figured this means it’s something I should really continue, but it just fizzled out for me.

My latest venture has been into weighted workouts, which I’ve found really fun! In general, my strength is very bad so that’s something I kind of want to focus on. In general, although I haven’t noticed many physical manifestations of the work I’ve put in yet, I know I’m a lot stronger because some of the stuff I struggled with when I started has become significantly easier for me now.

I’ve also been spending much more time in the kitchen, I’ve noticed. Whether this be baking, or -more often- acting as sous-chef while my mum makes things, it has culminated in so much of my life being spent working away doing menial kitchen things. This has been a welcome change.

The ‘wealth’ in the title of this subsection refers to wealth of knowledge, of course, because I have not been making any sort of money recently. I’ve been watching a lot of webinars, mostly medical stuff to brush up on old knowledge and see more clinical applications of the theory we’ve learned. This is nice as mild preparation for third year, but I’m not spending a lot of time on this, just whenever I feel like learning things. It’s also surprisingly therapeutic making notes and documenting information when it’s not in the hustle and bustle of a PBL case week! I can actually format my notes beautifully, for no reason besides the fact that it looks pretty, and I like it!

Hobbies and the Content I’ve Been Consuming

This is the most extended period of time we’ve spent being constantly at home, and as such, there was a strong desire of certain family members that we get Netflix, which I have also been benefiting from. I watched Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I cannot stress to you the sheer excellence that is contained within that children’s TV show. Truly a masterpiece, from the character arcs to the storyline and the lessons within it. It was an exhilarating trip that I enjoyed taking.

In terms of books, I’ve been reading a few good ones simultaneously. Firstly, the Autobiography of Malcolm X, which is something I actually read years ago but I don’t think I fully appreciated it when I first read it. It has been so fascinating and it’s the type of book that’s really easy to get absorbed in. I’m also reading War Doctor by David Nott, which is so interesting, especially as I feel like I understand a good amount of the medicine content he refers to in it. Even beyond that, the concept of being a humanitarian doctor has been something I’ve always been interested in, and this has been eye-opening for me.

The one other hobby that I’ve dabbled in recently has been sewing. Before I turned on to the path of medicine, I always wanted to be a fashion designer, which sounds so funny, even to me, but the heart wants what the heart wants. But alas, it turns out I am not good at sewing, not even remotely. I kind of had a sewing project going, but I basically broke the needle of the sewing machine (trust me to pull something like that off) and I don’t trust myself around sewing machines again, so I’ve begged my mum to finish it for me. I don’t want to say I’ve been put off for life, but the item I was sewing was genuinely so raggedy, I’m not sure fashion designing is a dream I can ever live out.

That’s what’s been going on with my life! How about you? Feel free to share and tell me about all the stuff you guys have been up to.

I hope you’re all staying safe, sending you all my love.

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