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!