Eleven weeks ago, we had to start working from home due to Covid-19 measures. Our employer has decided that we’ll be working from home until at least September. There have also been rumours it will last until January. It makes it all the more real that we are far away from returning to the way things were before the pandemic. Usually, I’m okay as I always find something to do and I welcome the calmer waters. But sometimes, I have cabin fever. I’m sure many of us can relate.
A few weeks ago, I felt the cabin fever coming up. I was just so tired of it all. I was bored, I felt trapped and I felt everything was just useless, pointless and unending. I found myself not being able to concentrate properly, and I just felt meh and blah the whole time. I love planning things, I love travelling, I love planning for my travels. And now I can do none of that. Travelling and being in nature (rugged, desolate, abroad) is a way to recharge my battery. Without access to some kind of escape into nature, I was driving myself up the wall. And while sometimes it helps to tell myself to ‘suck it up, buttercup!’ sometimes I need to wallow and simmer for a while to get my bearings again.
I decided to spend a week with my mom and cats. Mom hugs are a fantastic way to restore the soul. Same goes for cat cuddles by the way! I’m pleased to say that I have been completely adopted by our fur babies. ❤ It’s the best feeling to spend time with someone you love and someone you can completely be yourself with. Mom and I went on a few walks together, which was so nice. I also went on some walks by myself. I decided to go a different way and realised there was a nice path through a field with bushes and flowers. Never knew that existed there! Or maybe it’s new? It’s where I took the buttercup photo above. I love the smell of dry, hay-like grass combined with wildflowers. A herby smell, that reminds me of summer!
Apart from doing easy local hikes (there are no mountains here, so nothing is really hard!) I also decided I needed to do some kind of planning. While the ‘trying to live day by day’ efforts are continuing and yielding varying results (lol) planning at least something helps my brain too. Here’s what I came up with for when we can roam freely again…
- Do overnight hikes in the Netherlands and stay at one of those nature campsites to get that outdoor feel closer to home. Maybe I can try and get a friend to join me, but I’m unsure of my success rate with that, haha.
- Take some driving lessons as a refresh. I’ve had my driver’s license for many years and know how to drive safely. But because I don’t own a car, I don’t drive that much. I can borrow my mom’s car if needed, but that doesn’t happen too often. There are three specific goals I have for my driving refresh: build up stamina to drive for longer periods of time (more than one hour), feeling comfortable driving on the highway, and comfortably driving a van.
- After my driving refresh, I would love to hire a campervan and travel around Scandinavia, for example. Or travel New Zealand by van. Or both and all of it, because why choose?!
- Do some outdoor courses. I want to learn more about navigation, bush craft and river crossings. I think it will help me get more confident when I’m out and about. I will also have better skills to start doing more advanced trails, for example in New Zealand’s back country. I might even attempt some section hikes of the Te Araroa in the future. We’ll see! 🙂
Do you have any plans for after the pandemic is under control and we can roam freely again?