This morning I was having a morning pottering around the house, doing washing, thinking about doing some cooking and just living that isolation life. Australia is starting to creep towards lighter restrictions and I’ve been lucky enough to have friends over for dinner and see my family but it still feels weird to think about going out and about.

But then a friend called and asked if I wanted to go kayaking on Sydney Harbour with he and his boyfriend and a couple of their friends. Why yes, yes indeed I would. At first it almost felt like I was being naughty even though we are allowed to go out exercising in groups of up to ten now. Purely by being in individual kayaks we were absolutely fine as far as social distancing goes. So on a beautiful sunny Autumn day that was warmer than we’ve been having, we got out for some sun, some fresh air, some exercise and spent a few hours doing good for our bodies and our mental health.

It was such a beautiful way to spend a few hours and it made me realise just how lucky we are here in Australia. After being in isolation for a while and even generally I’m pretty good at saying no to things if I think I’m going to be in an awkward situation sometimes, I used today as a reminder to say yes to things. I’m 46, not 96. I’m healthy and live in a great part of the world. I need to make the most of the opportunities I have here.

Note: the video below isn’t the company we went with.