Coronavirus: One Year On

I recognise that there’ll be thousands of people from across the world reading this, and the exact date of when the grave realisation about the pandemic sunk in will vary for everyone. For most people, that was around this time a year ago, though the significance of this particular date in Britain is that it marks one year since the first national lockdown was imposed. As such, this day has sort of become one of reflection. It always feel a little abnormal – even slightly uncomfortable – to stray to these more serious topics on a relatively light-hearted blog, but I think that it’s sometimes important; this is the one issue which has affected everyone’s lives, and I just wanted to very briefly express a few words.

There are some sentiments that remain inexpressible: with the deadly nature of a pandemic, many would’ve lost loved ones – if that applies to you, I’d like to express my sincere condolences; we’re all familiar with the grim statistics and death counts, but it’s difficult to imagine the grief and pain associated with that being so close to home. But also, everyone’s life has been shaped in some way by the pandemic, and I think it’s also important to recognise those who have had their lives irreversibly changed, along with those who have undergone such poignant difficulty and pain. The last year hasn’t been easy for many people (I’ve mentioned my own experiences previously here) and so many have sacrificed so much – that has left memories of unmarked occasions, numbness and emptiness for so many.

It still remains my hope that the last year has developed a spirit of togetherness and care, whether that be with the people around you, or even just in the Club Penguin community. It’s been a strange and often tough year, but it feels right to commemorate the sacrifice and feelings over it, and the remarkable spirit needed to get through that all. I just wanted to do that here. It may have been one of the most difficult years for many, but I wish everyone well – take care, and stay safe!


  • Anonymous

    I think the biggest take away for me is that what was “normal” wont ever come back, whether for good or bad. The good of course is a more interconnected world and more places allowing remote work, the bad is the massive wealth inequality that have come, and the fear of “running out” that a lot of us have had to experience.

  • Anonymous

    So true.I have never met you Torres. But today, I have given little comments and things which make me feel your one of my friends too.I have lost my family, but I could not even go for the funeral as we had a spike in COVID then. It still has not sunk in, and I expect it will one day when I go there myself. Torres, I have to say, 2020 was not good at all. But personally, I met more people. People whom I might meet one day and never actually know I met them once long ago. But one of the best things was meeting you. In early April I found CPR, and shortly after CPM. You have changed that year Torres, and I hope I can continue reading your blog when things go back to normal. Well, ha, normal will never be the same. Masks etc. will at least be there for 2 years more. Our old normal has changed, but I have to admit that we have gotten along with it. The whole world has. Thank you Torres for the past year.

    • Torres 126

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss – I hope that you’ve been coping as well as you can. 💜 But I’m glad to hear that I’ve helped even in the slightest way to make things feel a little better. And yes, I agree that “normal” will never really be the same again. Thank you for the comment, and take care of yourself.

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