|22 Apr 2020|
|Connor Wright (CH 13-18) shares his 'Lockdown Story' and photos |
Trying to find certainty in uncertain times.
As a 2nd year Philosophy student at the University of Exeter, it took a long time for the seriousness of lockdown to arrive to the South-West. There was no sudden shutting of all doors. I was still meeting friends for a kick-about (elbow ‘hand-shakes’ only!). It was once the university decided to close the football pitches that I knew time was up.
Having driven the 4 hours back to Kent, I was happy to be home but lamenting over how the term had ended. Two of my final futsal fixtures had been cancelled, and I had to say my goodbyes to some of my international friends sooner than I would’ve liked. I was glad to be home, but I still hadn’t received any closure from the term’s end.
Nonetheless, the essay wheel keeps on turning. With three deadlines set for the 28th, it wasn’t as if I was left empty handed. However, rather than basking in how unfair it was to have to work and continue as normal in a very turbulent time, my work actually allowed me to establish a routine. This has actually been one of my saving graces in this uncertain time. I’ve been able to have a purpose to work towards, plan my days in advance, and keep myself from becoming a professional online shopper!
However, working all the time really isn’t something to be desired, even in a pandemic! Luckily, I’ve been blessed with places to run and continue my kick-abouts (despite my little cousin of 11 being less than pleased to be shoved in goal). For me, this combination has not only allowed me to find stable ground in these debilitating times, but also allowed me to appreciate what I had even more. Having to write about Peter Singer isn’t something that inspires me to get up in the morning, but having a degree which can still continue pretty much in tact is a luxury.
If there’s one thing Tonbridge has taught me, it is the importance of routine, and this is how I’ve found my certainty in uncertain times.
1) Spring is here in Kent.
2) Pookie the cat, keeping me company while I debate her existence with my Philosophy work.