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Life Lately: Pandemic Edition

Life lately: Pandemic Edition

This year has been a lot!


That quote up there summarises my life lately. There has been so much bad news and pain around the world and it seems like we are all just playing catch-up in a weird game with ever-changing rules.

Imagine being alive when the world is trying to understand a contagion! Being on quarantine to save our lives! We all deserve a collective applause.

I have seen so many people doing really amazing things during this quarantine (this includes TikTok videos) and to them I say good job! I have gone from panicking to depressed to being anxious, feeling useless and finally just accepting our current situation. The most important thing is that I’ve learnt that just being alive is enough. Several things have contributed to the rollercoaster of emotions that I’ve been waltzing through…

God: Now more than ever, I’ve found that getting closer to God has taken away most of my worries. I am a religious person (at least I think so) and I had a crazy time at the beginning of all this when I lost hope and believed we were all going to die. However, increasing my ibadah during this month of Ramadan and seeing people getting discharged reminded me of Allah’s mercy.

Work: My 9 – 5 (because I need money for ‘adulting’) gave us a break well before the stay-at-home order was imposed. This was all good because it showed that they cared about our health. Sadly, the anxiety of “will they or won’t they” pay salaries is ever present. This made it glaringly obvious that my current job is not it! I need something better, I need security!. However, we are all at home and finding a job is not easy so…

Job searches: Daily newsletters from the job board I have subscribed to litter my inbox. You can also find application letters and several rejection letters in the mix. Before the whole quarantine thing, I applied for a fellowship and had lofty ideas about how much of a boost learning from experts would give me. Well, I received a rejection letter that was sent four times for good measure. I mean I’m not bitter but I can handle sending a mail without demonstrating slight incompetence. *sigh* I am still applying though and I pray something clicks soon.

Clothes: My current wardrobe consists of boubous (free gowns), sweatpants and pyjamas at the moment. I frankly wonder if bras and other pieces of “uncomfortable” clothing would make a comeback when we get through this. We’ll see I guess. I dressed up to take pictures for this post so yay!

TV Series: I enjoy watching tv series because the storyline is longer than the generic 90 minutes you get with a movie. So far, I keep up with my usual weekly offerings like Harley Quinn, Killing Eve, Insecure and the just concluded How to get away with murder. Also, I have decided to rewatch Fringe which if you have watched the series, you’d agree that it was made for a pandemic binge session. “Walter Bishop” may have the answers we seek.

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Skincare: I have been trying not to run out of my products lol. While I don’t think that this is something sustainable, I’d love to see how long It’ll last. When the time comes to restock best believe I’ll be spraying my package down with a disinfectant before opening it.

Haircare: I have relaxed hair and was due for a touch-up last month but salons are not essential businesses. I’ve been putting my hair in protective styles, deep conditioning and just doing all I can to manage the different textures I currently have. However, I get headaches when it’s this full so that has not been fun. I might have to just do some DIY relaxer application soon.

Life lately: book

Books: I used to blaze through book titles like my life depended on it and this time at home has made me remember that feeling. My most recent read was House of flesh and blood (Crescent City) by Sarah j Maas, I love her books! Also, I am waiting on the next book in The Goddess isle series by Pepper Winters and my TBR (to be read) list is overflowing with books that I cannot wait to enjoy.

Fitness: Zero… Nothing… Zilch. I have done nothing to keep fit. As a matter of fact the last time I stepped outside the gates of this house was mid-april. I know I should, but I don’t feel like it and that’s okay.

Blog: I have so many ideas and drafts that are either incomplete or not yet published. Some are time-sensitive (based on the content) and some aren’t but my procrastination reigns supreme. I cannot even promise anything but I’ll post more on here and on Instagram In sha Allah.

Through all of this I’d like to report that I am staying sane. I am not okay by some standards but I am well enough by most and that is all that matters. To say that I am beyond ready for this pandemic to end is an understatement. I pray that we as a species find a lasting cure.

How has life been for you lately? Let’s have a chat in the comments section.



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(4) Comments

  1. Nellyvizzy says:

    – [ ] Hey remember me? I hope so, i havnt been here since your last Eid post, remember that pose with the keke guy yea yea that was my last..well so the lockdown has been evenful i was volunteering at an isolation center in lagos but there were some shady stuff going and they tryna make a mountain outta a mole hill all for money so i wasn’t gonna risk my life for someone else benefit so i quitted…i found a oil tanker that was going up North as there is no means of travel so after much deliberation he agreed to drop me off at bauchi for 13k hmm everyone making money off the virus but i was determined to be back to Yola after 2 days of exhaustion i arrived bauchi, i had to sleep in a hotel next morning i met a guy who drove us to yola..well am back home now all is fast, sleep and consult at the pharmacy..i guess u had more fun than i, so i was thinking maybe i should watch some series i like those ones you listed especially the ‘how to get away with murder’ i think i’ll try that out…well thank you for your time, looking forward to more topics.ciao

    1. Fati says:

      Oh wow! You have been through it! You really do deserve the rest. Please stay safe. I sent out emails to check up on my readers earlier this month and when I didn’t receive a response from you I wondered what had happened. Thank God you’re safe. Also, in case you didn’t get the mail just re-subscribe and I’ll keep in touch. Xx

  2. Amina says:

    For me, at first I was deeply worried about whether the pandemic would end anytime soon. I regretted all the time I had an idea but procrastination got the best of me. But Alhamdullilah I decided to look at the positive side of things and see this period as an opportunity. I have been investing my time in learning more and renewing my intentions. Now more than ever I’m thankful for the gift of life.

    1. Fati says:

      I think this pandemic put a lot of things in perspective for all of us. It’s great that you’re investing time in learning more and making yourself better. It’ll pay off and we’ll get through this trying time In sha Allah. Thank you for sharing. Xx

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