In the deep, dark depths of the first lockdown, one of my closest friends sent the same GIF to our group chat every day. It was from Frozen, with the words “Yoohoo, big summer blowout!” written across it.
I have no idea how or when or why she started sending it on a daily basis. But this seemingly silly thing kept me going. No matter how miserable I was feeling that day, every time the GIF landed in my WhatsApp, a smile crept across my face and I felt a little lighter.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s how much we need people. Not necessarily a partner or a family (although they can be great too), but a network of friends that keep us afloat during the worst of times. They sustain us, feed our souls and give us hope.