By María José Mateo, Senior
This pandemic has affected the world in ways we never thought possible. The measures we’ve taken to protect us from one another are so drastic and hard to follow, but let’s face it – there are a couple of things we’re going to miss once it’s all finally over.
I asked some of my friends and family what they consider those things to be. In this article I’ll be combining their responses with my own:
- Family time. Before quarantine, I lived with my mom and on the weekend I would go to my dad’s. These past seven months I’ve been living with my dad and visiting my mom frequently. I’ve got the opportunity to strengthen my relationship with my father by spending every minute of the day together. It has been so refreshening and nice.
- Having more time for myself. Because too many events were going on in a single week, I didn’t have enough time to concentrate on my personal projects, my mental health,, and other routines. Now that my time management is a bit flexible and I am at home 24/7, it’s easier to arrange my activities however is more convenient for me. For my sister, more time for herself means taking advantage of her time between work and running personal errands.
- Not dealing with people. This has to do with staying home all day every day. I have friends that suffer from social anxiety and being locked up has taken away this horrible feeling.
- Home-cooked meals. Whenever I had the chance, I stopped by Taco Bell to grab lunch. I used to order delivery from restaurants a lot, too. But due to my father’s slight paranoia with the virus, he said no to all of my fast food cravings. Consequently, I had no other option than to eat what my father cooked for me. Since then, I’ve been eating a lot healthier, and even though I’m allowed to order street food now, I choose home-cooked meals all the way.
- Facial expressions under the mask. My friends and I were discussing how fun it is that if I’m annoyed by someone and I’m making a face showing this emotion, the other person can’t see it because I have to wear a mask. I think we are all going to miss that one.
- Hygiene in public spaces. As soon as my temperature is measured at a restaurant, the waiter cleans my table and points at the QR Scan for me to look at the virtual menu. These practices should stay after everything goes back to normal. Scanning the menu is a very clean and effective way to search for your order.
- Freedom between classes. Instead of waking up at 6:30 in the morning to get ready for school, we have the liberty of waking up just five minutes prior to Homeroom. Some of my friends see this as an opportunity to get more sleep. Additionally, we are able to eat actual meals (most of us have snacks) during class.
Some of these things will stick while others will sadly fade away with time. But it will be hard to refuse the permanent changes this temporary disease will have on social life as we know it. Hopefully it’ll make the world a safer, healthier place, and a hug that much more valuable.