The past three months have been odd for everyone. We’ve all been isolated and the days have melted into one. Despite by brain somewhat turning to mush, there are a few things I have learned and will likely stay with me when life returns to “normal”.
Pre-lockdown life was a whirlwind. Between work, commuting, nights out and boozy brunches, there is very little time for ourselves. I’d be so caught up in the wheel of “life” that nothing else seemed to matter. When something was done or ticked off the list, it was straight onto the next. A global pandemic forced us to literally put the breaks on life and cross off a lot of the things on the “to-do” list.
Was it a blessing in disguise?
There’s an element of slowing down in life that makes the “now” more important. We’ve been forced to choose quality over quantity and can now truly live in the moment I guess?
Want vs Need
Our lives, and everything in them, have been restricted. Things that we once considered essential have been thrown into question. As a capitalist society built on instant gratification,we’ve been used to having anything we want at our fingertips. With that taken away, we have had to focus on what we really need to get by. Food. Shelter. Relationships. The real things that make us human are what we need.
Now don’t get me wrong, I have done a lot of unnecessary online shopping. But I needed it to get through the boring weekends (trust me!)
But with non essential shops opening a few days ago I was definitely not going to be one of the people queuing up for hours and I won’t be for the foreseeable future. I definitely don’t need anything material that I have spent the last three months without. What I do need however, is family, friends and relationships. I’m sure I’m not the only one who will be prioritising these going forwards.
Being cooped up inside with too much time to think without distraction is never a good thing. However, this quiet time has allowed me to learn more about myself. I have learned what (and who) I value most, and to be more accepting of myself. I don’t cover my face up with makeup everyday anymore. I put comfort above how I look more often now. I have learned to love myself a little bit more each day.
These are just a couple of the life lessons that lockdown has taught me and I’d like to think they have made me a slightly better person in general. Even if this type of self-discovering isn’t everyone’s type of thing, I am sure we’ll all come out of lockdown with a different perspective on life and those who are involved in it.