Here in the states we’re a little over a week into the government’s request for voluntairy quarintine. Employees are asking workers who can to work from home, schools are closed down and groups of 10 or less is the guidelines for those who may want to get together.
With the popularity of bars and restaurants, Spring Break in full swing and graduations on the horizon, it may seem to some like no one could possibly find anything positive about social distancing. But my guess is that there are also a large number of people who find this opportunity to be more than welcome.
To be honest, my life has changed very little since we’ve been asked to seperate and the ways it has changed, so far, seems pretty positive. For starters, I’m not much of a morning person, which can make the fact that I don’t have to leave the house at 7 am to drop my child off at school seem like a bonus. (We have shorter school years with longer days, which require our children to be sitting in class at 7:30 am).
Weddings, graduations, and birthday parties? Let’s be honest, how many people, introverts or social butterflies, honestly want to attend such ceremonies? Sure, if the part of birthday boy/girl, graduate, or bride or groom is being filled by your child or another close family member, you definitely want to be there. But if that’s not the case, the honest among us would smile and admit to ourselves that self-isolation measures are the perfect excuse to forego these undesired occasions. ‘But surely no one goes to weddings who really doesn’t want to be there!’ You may think. For anyone who thinks that, I offer a challenge: Encourage the couple to offer a free mini-bar during the reception, then announce after all the RSVP’s have arrived that the bar will no longer be offered. You might be amazed to find many of the guests who had stated they would attend are suddenly sick, have to work, or have another emergency that makes it simply impossible to commit to their previous promise.
People who hate hugs? Hate handshaking? We’d be kidding ourselves to think they are at all miserable living in a world where those who are obsessed with social contact have their hands temporarily bound.
So while we all look forward to the days we will be able to once again move about freely, there are probably more than a few among us who are savoring this rare opportunity of late mornings, isolation, messy houses, sweats, tangled hair, and a hands off approach. As the author of this post, I admit I am one of them 🙂 .