It has been several months since I last posted on my blog, three months to be exact. A lot has happened since then. The most noticeable is the arrival of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. I would never have imagined the things we take for granted such as visiting family and friends, traveling across the country and the world, shopping freely without any constraints, and other things would be temporarily suspended. We have all had to make drastic changes to the way we live our lives. It has also been distressing for those of us who have lost love ones during this time.
It is clear to see that fear is rife!
- Fear of the virus,
- Fear of each other,
- Fear of the future,
- Fear of the unknown.
If we are not careful, we could easily become paralysed by fear.
2 Timothy 1:7 ESV states:
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
So, let us be fearless, continue to adapt to our current situation and use this time productively, and grow in different areas, for example:
Let me share how I have grown during this lockdown, with the hope that it will encourage others to use this lockdown period to our advantage, as this time will surely past.
When you are going through a challenging time, it is easy to feel resentful towards the perpetrators. During the lockdown, I have had time to read through my Ph.D. thesis. The thesis reminded me of how the insidious undercurrent of institutional racism is embedded in organisational culture, which in turn unconsciously affects people’s attitudes and behaviours. This realisation has been liberating because I am able to draw on my own research to analyse the psychology of a situation that is currently happening.
By chance, I had the opportunity to take part in a podcast interview on The Sociology show, talking about my book – Black women prison employees: The intersectionality of gender and race, and my reason for completing my Ph.D. research. I also set a goal to write an academic article. I have finished one article, the working title: Invisible privilege: The notion of the Strong Black Woman and I am in the process of writing my second article. I have identified a journal in which I plan to submit my article for peer review and publication (wish me luck).
I have spent my time during lockdown reading my bible more. I remember as a child listening to my preacher Rev Terence Cain refer to the bible as a storybook containing every genre possible. I never fully understood what he meant until now. It has been particularly interesting reading the Old Testament and being a black feminist, I was particularly drawn to the book of Esther and Ruth.
I have always kept myself fit, weight training, running, and cycling. What I have enjoyed during this lockdown period is my evening walks in the South downs with my husband. This is something I would not have time to do before the lockdown, due to the pressures of work and the daily commute. The stillness of the evenings, the clear skies, and watching the sunset and day change tonight has been surreal.
Writing this post has motivated me to continue persevering and use this time to grow even more. I now feel energised to start a new project. I will share what this will be in my next post.