Walk to work

In Digital, Nature

I am a family doctor, working in London. To say my work has been a little stressful recently would not even come close to describing how I have been feeling lately. It has been overwhelming; new guidelines coming in at a rate of knots, new software, new procedures.

All the things I am used to in my everyday job have gone out of the window and I’ve had to get used to totally new ways of dealing with patients. Although I am not currently seeing patients face to face, so there is less fear of catching covid-19, I have had to learn how to talk to patients, new and old, over the phone or on video calls, without the option of calling them in or going to see them in person.

I have to admit that I have struggled on many days to even get out of the house. Really struggled. I have faffed, gone back into the kitchen, faffed some more. I have checked I have all my things. I have gone towards the door. And then retreated. Anything to avoid leaving the house. But with less traffic on the roads, and fewer people on the pavements, I have decided to walk to work more and more.

My walk takes 25 minutes and goes through some surprisingly leafy parts of London. And I have taken my camera on the odd occasion, to meditate and help me focus on the beauty of my surroundings, unchanged amid the chaos. It’s been a welcome distraction. Here are some of the pictures I’ve taken. I am lucky to have my photography to take my mind off other things, if only for a moment.

Stay safe,
Kirstin

10 Comments

  1. During this pandemic, I have taken such solace in Nature…how she’s been steady and constant in all of this upheaval. Thank you for sharing some of your meditative photos…they’re lovely, quiet, reassuring.

    And thank you for the work you continue to do during this time. People in your corner of the world are lucky to have you. xo

  2. It’s difficult for us all to be vulnerable, but especially so if you are the one that people are looking to for answers. I am deeply touched by your honesty – in both word and photographs – which tell the very real story of how this virus has affects you as a physician. And your story makes stronger my resolve to continue to stay-at-home and do my part to prevent the spread of this deadly disease. Your walk to work is beautiful!

  3. I can’t imagine what you are going through but thank goodness there are people like you. And thank goodness for photography and long walks.

  4. I’m so glad that you are able to take in this loveliness on your walk to work. It’s wonderful too that despite what you must do, you are open to and able to see it. xo

  5. Googled “faff” and learned a new word 😉

    Spring has been especially gorgeous this year. Or am I just more attentive this time around? I’m certainly grateful for it.

    Thanks for seeing and sharing <3

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