I think we are all sick of being in isolation. We are sick of working from home, places being closed, not be able to see those we care about, and sick of the uncertainty. Of course, we have all tried to adapt. We have had to learn how to work from home, to be more patient at the grocery stores with their restrictions. All of us have had to learn how to stay connected with our loved ones. But it’s been a month, or more, and I know we are all tired of this. I am. And I’m also anxious about life will look like after this.
Here are some things I plan on doing after this crisis is over.
This is likely on the top of everyone’s list. I am very anxious to have a family dinner, to hug my mom and dad and not worry about infecting them with a virus I may or may not have. I want us to raise our glasses to health, happiness and family. I’ve stayed in touch of course, we’ve talked on the phone, Facetimed, and visited safely from a distance, but that is not the same as gathering as family. And I hope that we can before long.
Never Take Anything for Granted
This sounds obvious, as though I never should have taken anything for granted, but we all take things for granted. And I will try not to take as much for granted in the future. After being forced to wait in a line outside of the grocery store for over half an hour on a cold spring day, I’ll never take standing in a long line indoors for granted again for example. I’ll try and be more conscious of how blessed I am, even though I already tried to do that before all of this chaos started.
Use Less Social Media
Right now we are all relying a lot on social media to stay connected. And that’s good, but I’m getting the sense on social media that people are kinda of sick of it too. I think we are in a technology overload right now and I want to use social media less when this is done. Use it wisely instead of endlessly scrolling through feeds that I don’t need to scroll through. Instead I want to stay connected more personally, with letters and phone calls and get togethers.
Try Something New
I have lots of hobbies I think. I read, I crochet, I spend tons of time caring for my birds, and all of this is an important part of self care. But after this is over, I think I’d like to try something new. Something a little outside of my comfort zone. I don’t know what that is exactly, but I feel like I ought stretch my wings. Maybe my mind will change once I have less time on my hands, but it’s something I’d like to do. I’m considering rollerblading, or canoeing.
Those are the things that stand out the most that I think matter the most once all of this is past us to do. Time seems endless right now, like we have too much of it, and yet, we are a society that is time poor, that is forever saying we don’t have enough to do things. To eat right, to exercise, to call our grandma, to get together with good friends. But I question now how we spend our time. Do we spend too much of it in front of a device? Do we spend too much of it doing things and going places that aren’t really important? I hope when this is over to focus more on my family, my own health and well being and spend less time wasting time.
But I won’t be able to do any of this for a while yet. We are in for a least another month of this intense social distancing. It’s disheartening, but I know that I am blessed too to have my health, to have my job, to be able to continue living much as I was living before. And more blessed that my family is healthy and safe.
Stay safe everyone. Tell me what you want to do once this is all over in the comments below. I look forward to hearing from you. Subscribe to never my newsletter to stay up to date!