I Am Enjoying Social Distancing
An Introvert's Dream
The COVID-19 pandemic has "forced" many of us to stay in our homes, forego family visits, and explore virtual ways to attend museums and concerts. While I don't wish to minimize the plight of those who do not have the option to work from home, or those who are struggling with loneliness, I wanted to share a perspective that I hope some readers will find heartening.
I actually like social distancing and have been in favor of it long before it was a mandate to combat the spread of the virus. People ignoring the concept of personal space in the grocery store have always bothered me, and leasing office space when you have the capability to work from anywhere has been difficult for me to understand. I wouldn't mind visiting family more often, but lengthy car rides or expensive flights have kept me from doing so. In many ways, social distancing does not feel terribly different from how I have always lived. I regret that the virus is the reason we are doing it now. Otherwise, I have been enjoying the shift to a world in favor of staying home.
Think for Yourself
The media portrays this time as "gloom and doom," and I've heard others refer to it as the apocalypse. But is it really so bad to stay at home, work from the comfort of your couch if you can, and get caught up on Netflix series you've been wanting to watch? This is all assuming you are well. Hospitals are a completely different vibe, and I commend those who are taking care of people who have fallen ill. However, working from home and restricting public gatherings are far from what I imagine the apocalypse to be.
It is a time to slow down and turn inward, something which introverts can do well. Some of us may struggle with getting adequate physical exercise, but there are many things we do to stimulate our minds. We don't get bored easily. To me, it is blissful to be able to turn down an invitation to go out and feel as though I am choosing the correct response. A response that is largely accepted as a norm right now, the right thing to do.
I also noticed, on one news program, the hosts were commenting on how hard it is to work from home and recommended a daily routine to stay on track. I am the type of person who can get out of bed, throw on a bathrobe, and work on the couch. I don't need to be at a desk in order to be productive. While personal hygiene is important, not all of us need such strict conditions to be productive. It got me thinking about how the strongly broadcast views of one or a few people can become popular and sway us to think something that isn't really true for us. If there has ever been a time to think deeply and critically about what is true and what lifestyle works best, it is now.
Appreciate What You Can
While I am disturbed by the circumstances, social distancing isn't so bad and shouldn't be portrayed in that manner.
I hope that once this has blown over, more employers will see the value in their employees working from home - i.e. less stress from a long commute, more time with their families, etc. I am not sure that extroverts will ever understand introverts, or be forgiving when we want to stay home. If you aren't ill and you are an introvert, try to enjoy this time and make the most of it. Read those books you haven't had time for, make that recipe you've always wanted to try, or get started on spring cleaning because it will make you feel so much better. If you are an extrovert, there are still virtual ways to hang out with your friends, without compromising anyone's health.
Whatever the situation, it could always be so much worse. There are many things that are worse than being asked to stay home.
© 2020 Holley Hyler