Creative Writing on Chronic Illness

I went outside today…

I went outside today for the first time in 6 weeks. I wasn’t supposed to, it was against medical advice but I needed to escape for my sanity. It was only a drive to my brother’s to leave his birthday present on his door step, such is the times, so was pretty low risk, but it helped me.

For somebody that’s not left the house for over a month and a half, it was weird. So quiet. Overgrown verges on country roads. A deer running across the Thickthorn roundabout made it feel like a scene from ‘I Am Legend’. It gave me hope that no matter how much we ruin this planet, nature will cover up our footprint within a generation.

I didn’t account for how envious I would be of the runners, the cyclists, the families going for a stroll. It’s easy to get stuck in your bubble. I left the house for my mental health but I returned with a renewed sense of motivation.

I don’t know what post-lockdown looks like for me. Do I press on with my writing? Try and push my body into doing physical exercise again? What I do know is that I am motivated once more.

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.

Pablo Neruda


  1. I really sympathise – I know I’d be going stir crazy if I didn’t get out of the house for a week – or perhaps even three days! So glad you’re feeling motivated again though. 🙂

    1. Thanks Polly, great to hear from you. Yes, it’s been a long 6 weeks and probably at least another 6 more before I’d feel safe enough to go back out into the world. Writing is keeping me sain, however. Hope you’re well?

  2. I Joel, I’ve been following your blog the last few weeks with interest, but always on the iPad and then it’s a lot of hassle to get a comment in, so I’m trying to remember to do it on the PC! I’m having a bit of a flare at the moment but I THINK it’s on its way out – although I said that a week ago and then it came roaring back! Still, ‘mustn’t grumble’! At least I can get out for walks! ‘-)

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