I have a similar post called “10 things I learned about myself”On the side of my friend and blogger Tanya Foster. I thought it was a fun, interesting, and quick read, so I’ll try to keep mine short. Because I’m pretty talkative, I’m going to cut mine in half. Here are 5 things I learned about myself during quarantine:
- My life had been slowly moving in that direction. This was probably the hardest thing to admit. Since I have brought both my school consulting job and my entrepreneurial activities under one roof, I have already done a lot of things. I started ordering and delivering my groceries online months ago and have been an online retailer for years. Unfortunately, I also started to restrict social activities because I often had to cancel or showed up stressed because I still had a lot of work to do. My weekend trips with friends had been reduced to once a month, and even that sometimes didn’t happen. My closest friend had suddenly become Cody – a cashier at Target who waved me enthusiastically every time I came in and I always chose his line no matter how long it took. We talked back and forth and joked until I was in front and in the middle. I’m sure that annoyed the other guests on his line. When the order for the stay at home was issued, I told Cody that I would not see him for a while. “Ok, we’ll see you next week.” Cody said half jokingly … but he didn’t. It was well over a month before I saw my beast again. Which brings me to number 2 …
- I miss my people. As an extrovert, it is difficult not to see people personally. I like zoom, but I miss the energy that bounces off people. A happy hour with zoom does not have the squeezing of a hand on arrival, the actual clinking of a glass during a “real jubilation” and the warm hug of a hug when leaving. I am not sure how much hand touch, hug or glass clinking we will do in the future, but I hope that we will return there. And don’t even let me start with my grandchildren. I watched them practically grow up right in front of my eyes. But even the Facebook portal (which I love) cannot replace her sweet kisses and warm hugs.
Now for the (kind) good
- I actually like the mask thing. This was surprising. I love to smile. That’s my thing. I spent countless hours in an orthodontist as a young adult to achieve the distinctive smile that I am known for, but even if my lower teeth were crooked and overlapping and my orthopedics and my friend only called them standing room (hence) that I never shy away from a big smile. But do you know that stupid saying starts with a smile in your eyes? It’s true. This is where the real smile begins and I love looking people in the eye. I also like mask creativity. With the masks you choose, you can learn a little about people. And I love learning about people. I studied basic sociology. People are fascinating!
- I am not as maintenance-intensive as I thought. Although I love my hairdresser and my manicurist, I never really enjoyed the time I spent there. I can always imagine a million other places I would prefer, because time always seemed to be a problem. And although you think this experience would make me appreciate my time for hair, nails, and visiting the makeup counter, it actually convinced me that I wasn’t really concerned with these things. I was pretty happy painting my own nails, letting the wiry shades of gray show up on my hairline, and spending my days without makeup. As a disclaimer, I have to admit that my braids make hair a lot easier and secondly, I will always love makeup, but now it’s more of a luxury and not a necessity. I am now much more interested in skin care. And while my husband can’t wait to get a couple massage, I’m pretty happy with stretching it out on a yoga mat. I like the new less is more me.
- I am really an optimist. Okay, this is probably not a surprise, but it has been tested. Was I happy every day in quarantine? Of course not. There have been days when I’ve been restless or bored and I realize that I’m lucky (knock on the wood) that I don’t have anyone around me who is physically affected by the virus, although of course I am concerned about it have made. But even with the restless, bored, or worried days, I managed to find happiness in so many places. I leaned into my online community, which I was always fond of. I spent more time outside, whatever I loved, but didn’t have that much time for. We have redesigned our outdoor area, which I might not have done. And we even started gardening in containers, which reminds us that no matter where we are planted, we can continue to grow!
I’d like to hear what surprising things you’ve learned about youeven during this time too!
Until the next post,
Xo Tonya Parker
P. S. Although it is clear to me that most of it is mentioned in the past tense, I know that we still have a long way to go. Stay good friends!
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