Is this a Return to Normal Life… ? I think not.

When COVID first hit us (around March last year – 2020) I never thought it would affect us for this long. I was also thinking that all the social distancing rules and restrictions wouldn’t bother me so much – boy was I wrong.

I know that the “return to normal life” takes different forms depending on where you are in the world. Here in Canada, each province have put different strategies and regulations in place. It seems that I am living in the most severely controled province of all.

Although I have returned to work full time which keeps me quite busy during the day, a lot of people are still working from home and many still haven’t at all. Winter is coming to an end, the snow is melting because the weather outside is getting milder and the days are getting longer (sunshine-wize).

I live in a city where social life is a big part of everyone’s lifestyle. We go out, eat, drink, dance, attend shows and outdoor festivals… it really never stops (usually) – even in the middle of winter. Knowing how sacred our sense of community and socializing is to us, I just can’t see how this is going to unfold – for a 2nd consecutive year – with the summer coming up right around the corner.

Currently, all restaurants, bars, nightclubs, festivals, event-venues, etc. are still closed and are nowhere near reopening anytime soon. Furthermore, our government has a curfew enforced from 8pm to 5am. – As time goes by, I am becoming more and more concerned that we will get a summer just like the previous one : a total bummer.

Trying to stay positive here…

Is COVID-19 making me become an introvert ?

Since I can remember, I always thought of myself as an extrovert … was I wrong all of this time?

At the very beginning of the pandemic, I had trouble figuring out how to occupy all the time that I suddenly had in my hands. I found the time long, and I really wondered how we were going to get through the next few months of confinement without seeing anyone or being able to interact directly with our loved ones. Weeks go by, and gradually, almost daily conversations on Zoom or Skype begin to become less frequent. We have nothing more to say! At the point where we are, I can say that video-conference calls are rare, if not non-existent.

A little text message, once in a while will be enough to make sure everyone is fine. “Hi, how are you doing? What are you up to ?” … Always to get roughly the same answer from all my friends. “Doing alright, hanging in there … not doing much.

Currently, deconfinement measures are starting to see the light … To my surprise; I’m not boarding at all … It seems like I’m used to doing nothing, seeing no one, sleeping to pass the time … and that I’m ok with that. Stockholm syndrome, maybe ? 😉

Do I want to see people? Meh …!

Do I want to spend the afternoon in a park? Not really.

Shop? No more.

I’m just not interested in anything besides staying home, by myself. Never thought I’d say that…