Life During Social Isolation

When the ball dropped on 2020, none of us could have predicted in a few months we would be living in fear of a virus, shutting down schools, locking up businesses and spending major holidays with our family over video chat. Many of us heard of the coronavirus, but I don’t think we understood the severity until it started to affect our daily lives. Now, after a month of living in fear and uncertainty, we’ve adapted to a new norm. To “flatten the curve” we’ve been given an opportunity to slow down and spend more time with our families. We’ve returned to a simpler time when we didn’t have so many choices to occupy our times, and we are spending our days enjoying the earth and family given to us. 

During this time, I’ve been able to reflect on myself and the distancing a bit, and this is what I’ve learned:

The definition of social distancing

Despite what I thought, I’m not a good cook

If Walmart shut down, I wouldn’t be able to survive

I am incapable of shopping for long-term meals

I really need to learn how to grow vegetables

A bidet would be a good investment

I balance my sanity by taking my child to the playground

Without a playground, my child and I do not get along

I seriously under-appreciated playgrounds

I seriously under-appreciated teachers

My child will never be homeschooled

Teachers should get hazard-duty pay

it only takes two weeks at home for my child to be corrupted

The people who keep us safest are paid the least

Pinterest cannot make me crafty

Even when I have a lot of free time, my house still isn’t clean

Playing in the dirt will occupy a four-year-old for a long time                     

I don’t need to shop at Target three times a week

I’m terribly socially awkward on video chat

Shopping carts are terrifying germ carriers

Door handles are terrifying germ carriers

Apparently, I’m “essential”

Apparently, alcohol is also considered “essential” 

I needed this eye-opener to re-evaluate how I spend my time 

Never take a day for granted