I’m sure everyone is tired of hearing “this is an unprecedented time in history,” but it truly is. The COVID-19 global pandemic has changed our daily lives, and we’ve never experienced anything like this before. I feel for everyone who has been laid off or struggling with this isolation. It’s a really difficult time, and there isn’t a right or wrong way to handle the situation. I’ve seen posts saying that you’re being lazy if you aren’t using this time to be overly productive, but I disagree.
I don’t think there will be another opportunity in our lifetimes to truly slow down and appreciate the simple things in life. For those self isolating at home with their kids, this will be the most time you’ll get to spend with them, and I think you should treasure it, instead of forcing yourself to be productive. Take this extra time to read, do some baking, or catch up on reality TV. Whatever you need to do to make yourself feel better, do it!
At our home, we’re in an interesting situation. Ahmed is considered an essential worker because he fixes airplanes. He’s been going to work every day, and life hasn’t changed too drastically for him. I quit my job in the middle of March, and everyone probably thought I was crazy. Quitting your job in the midst of a global pandemic could be an entire blog post on its own. Luckily, I quit my job knowing that I was starting a new job two weeks later. The timing couldn’t have been better. I applied and interviewed for this job before the country shut-down. However, when I started, it was a very different experience.
At my new company, I’ve only ever met my boss, and I started the job remotely. I have weekly video calls with my coworkers, but I’ve never met them in person, and I have no idea when I’ll be back in the office with them. I work for a healthcare technology company, which is a really great industry to be in right now.
I feel so lucky to be employed and be working for an innovative company that’s making a difference in today’s world. I’ve truly never been happier than I am right now, even though I know the world is struggling like never before.
Although I’m at a really amazing place in my career, I can’t help but think of everyone who’s lost their jobs, and I feel guilty for being in a stable position. Ahmed and I don’t have to worry about applying for EI, or struggle to pay our rent. I know we are so fortunate and I try to appreciate it every single day. Our new “normal” isn’t too far away from our regular lives – pre-isolation. I know a lot of people have had their worlds turned upside down, and I can’t imagine what they’re going through, especially when they’re not able to see their family or friends for support. I am sending my virtual support for everyone who has lost their jobs or is struggling mentally with this situation.
The hardest part of self-isolation for me has been that we’re not able to see our family. We live seven hours away by car from all of our family members, and we planned on going home for Easter before everything happened. We only get to visit home a few times a year, and it’s hard not knowing when we’ll be able to go back next. I know this won’t last forever, but sometimes it feels like it will. I can’t wait to see my younger siblings again. I feel like they’re growing up so fast and it’s hard being far away from them and missing out on their lives.
Overall, even though we can’t visit home, and our vacation to Greece got cancelled, I feel so thankful to still have a job, and to have Ahmed by my side throughout all of this craziness. If you’re feeling alone, bored, angry, or sad, all of your feelings are valid. There’s no “right” way to react in this situation. We’re all in this together, and we’ll get through this together.