2021 in review: Lockdown – how did I despise you | Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser

Lockdown – how I despised you, let me count the ways.

One – you forced the closure of cinemas, my favorite things in the world. If I’m not in the cinema at least once a week, I’m starting to lose grip on my own personality. I’m a girl who needs to fill movies on the big screen, and I was hungry for that for several months.

Two – you separated me from my grandparents. My nan and pop are the best but I was not able to visit them during lockdown. Living in Fairfield – which was one of the biggest hotspot areas in the Delta crisis – meant it did not even feel safe to walk to the shops, let alone stop by for a compassionate visit.

Three – you made me think it was normal to roll out of bed five minutes before work started. I am a person whose body clock delays. When I did not have to get up early to take out of my suburb at work, and I did not have to do more than pull on comfortable clothes that were only slightly more sophisticated than my PJs in the morning, there was no incentive for me to get up earlier than around noon. 8.58. Now that the world is returning to normal, my body clock is more confused than ever and I run on about five hours of sleep while trying to retrain myself.

Four – you let me get used to a world without terrible motorists on the road because I did not go anywhere. Now that I’m back in civilization, my patience for those who break in without saying or waving thanks has become even thinner.

Five – you quit. By revealing my true Twin nature here, as much as I love that lockdown is over, I also miss some of its conveniences. My introversion was well fed. My bank account was excited about not being eaten up by fuel costs and random impulse purchases at lunchtime.

My favorite stories this year

Winner winner: Masterchef Australia 2021 champion Justin Narayan.  Photo: Ten

Winner winner: Masterchef Australia 2021 champion Justin Narayan. Photo: Ten

Like many others, I found Masterchef Australia to be something of a lifeboat during lockdown, both this year and last.

The program never stopped popping up and filling me with warm and fuzzy emotions.

From the delicious food to the cast of Australian contestants who really got out of it with each other and were actually sweet people, Masterchef Australia just had something about it that made me feel like the world outside was totally okay.

Justin grew up right here in Campbelltown and spent time in our local shops (“Mac Square – that was my hood”) and movie theaters (“Dumaresq Street is the best movie theaters in the world”).

A silly, talented guy in his mid-20s that so many of us could relate to – he was just the TV master we needed to bring us some joy in difficult times.

Warragamba Dam.  Photo: Simon Bennett

Warragamba Dam. Photo: Simon Bennett

As the end of the lockdown approached and everyone in Sydney got ready to celebrate their freedom, something else appeared on my radar.

This project, if approved, will see acres after acres of precious Blue Mountains World Heritage Area land flooded with water – with countless native sites, endangered ecological communities and more that will be massively impacted or wiped out.

This huge project is opposed by a ton of different parties, including the Wollondilly Council, which held an extraordinary meeting where all city council members expressed their strong condemnation of the plans.

Councilor Matt Gould spoke passionately and highlighted the many and varied topics in the EIS, something anyone unsure of the project should listen to.

This story is far from over, and the resolute and resounding opposition of the Council cannot be ignored.

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