It has been roughly a month since many nations and some states, including California, enforced stay-at-home orders for residents in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, we have entered a state of quarantine, in which going out into public is discouraged, and even if we do, we must maintain 6 feet of distance from those around us at all times. We’re lonely. We’re in a different form of society entirely. While this quarantine is a pretty unique situation and has been doing a lot to save lives and flatten the curve, it has impacted many individuals negatively. Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any good things about being indoors all day either. Here are some of the things we’ll miss about quarantine once it’s all said and done.
All the free time
Imagine if, at the beginning of 2020, I told you that you would have all the time in the day to take care of your classes and assignments, with hardly any social commitments to worry about. I’d tell you that you could lounge at home all day and watch YouTube or Netflix if you wanted to or lie in your bed and not worry about a single thing from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. You probably would’ve thought I was crazy to even consider having so much free time to do absolutely whatever. And yet, here we are. Mark my words. We may start off our return to normalcy saying things like, “Thank God we’re finally out of quarantine!” or “My schedule is really helping me plan out my day,” but eventually, many of us may pine for even a single day when we can do whatever and relax for however long we’d like.
There are so many discounts for delivery apps and options from restaurants. All of a sudden, you don’t have to go yourself to pick up your food to avoid delivery fees. During nonquarantined times, delivery would turn a $12 meal into a weekly allowance killer. During these times, delivery can come with your dinner at a fraction of the price. The convenience is unmatched. Although it can be a bit problematic, given COVID-19, to interact with delivery drivers, the workaround (having the driver drop the food off in front of your door, then going to collect it with wipes in hand after the driver leaves) is simple, and you can still wave and say thanks from your window!
Not having to see people you don’t like
This one is a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, once quarantine ends, you’ll get to see all the people you love! But on the downside, you’ll have to go back to seeing people you despise. It’d be so much nicer if there were a legitimate excuse for you to not have to see their faces for weeks on end. Right now, you don’t even have to forcibly interact with these people in Zoom meetings: Simply mute yourself and turn off your camera, and BOOM. No more negative social interactions for you. Going back to class, you might have to discuss the week’s assignment with them or have to put up with all their professor-pleasing. In that moment, you’ll yearn for the quarantined days.
Working from home
Working from home is definitely going to be something we’ll miss. Being able to go to class while still lying down in bed will go down in history as one of the most iconic (yet common) moments of this decade, and this decade has barely even begun. It’s convenient, relaxing and nonstressful, and it exudes good vibes in general. Until there’s a midterm. Then, everyone gets clapped.
OK fine, I’ll face reality. Quarantine really sucks. Not being able to go out and see friends? Not getting my Chipotle fix for the third week in a row? Life has changed drastically, but we don’t have to focus on that. If you can, focus on the good, savor the things you’ll miss and count your blessings. Because in 2050, when we look back at this year, we’ll always remember how it sucked, but it’s also important to try and remember the best parts of it as well!