What does self isolation mean to you?
What have you learnt?
What have you been doing?
How do you think it’s changed you?
Are you missing or craving routine?
Do you miss your social life?
I know that when we all come out of this challenging time, we will all more more grateful and hopefully more understanding of each other.
I was a very social person prior to self isolating. I will admit, it has been tough. I miss seeing my friends. I miss the things that we would once consider mundane. The school picks ups, the afternoon activities, the bumping into people whom we know at the supermarket. I miss the little things.
I miss giving my family and friends a hug when they are feeling down. I miss seeing the smiles on my children’s faces when they see their friends of a morning at school drop off.
I am constantly reading all these posts about keeping busy and what we ‘should’ be doing with our time. What I’m finding though, is that what we ‘should’ be doing, is actually connecting and staying connected to those people who are closest to us.
This is new for the majority of us. We are not used to being at home 24/7. Confined if you like, to our own homes. Not being able to pop out for brunch, or going to work meetings. The lack of social interaction can be tough for most of us.
What we need to appreciate though is having this time with our children and partners. Being forced to spend time with those whom we normally wouldn’t get much time with. My two children are in primary school for approximately 6 hours a day. My husband leaves for work early each morning for his commute followed by a working day of about 9-10hrs then another hour long commute home. This does not leave a lot of free time for us as a family.
Having my immediate family all under the one ‘roof’ again for an extended period is a blessing. Being able to bond and reconnect again in a time that would normally be super busy. Each rushing off to our own commitments. What we must not take for granted is that for those of us with children, our children are only little once. They may be a handful at the moment, demanding your time, affection and attention, but give it whilst you can. One day in the future, they may not need you as much, they may disregard the small things like a kiss upon their forehead at bedtime. They may become too ‘cool’ for that hug at school drop off. You may become embarrassing to them.
I know that most parents are still working remotely through this self isolation. But please don’t be too hard on either yourself or your family.
We are all in this together. And we will all be ok when we come out of this.
Times like these seem to be going on for forever, but in the scheme of things, this time will past soon enough abc we will look back on it with wonder.
Take each day as it comes and be grateful for all that you have, and not all that you wish you had. 💗
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