Most of us are keenly aware of what we are missing during this time of crisis. In a variety of ways, life has gotten harder, and for some, life has been forever changed. At the same time, it can be helpful during stressful moments to find ways to think positively. I found myself wondering what, if anything, might actually be going well at this crazy time. In this vein, I sent out some feelers to contacts of mine of all ages and stages. I was so encouraged to hear people’s responses that I wanted to share them with you.
What are you NOT missing under the COVID-19 restrictions?
Meetings, meetings, meetings and pressure to “go and do”
Doing! My! Hair!
People standing next to my desk and talking while I am trying to write
TSA (Transportation Security Administration)
Sleeping in hotels, and having to fill up the gas tank in my rental car so they don’t charge me $80 for one gallon of gas
Social pressure, meaning that I have a good reason to say no if I don’t feel like going somewhere
Eating lunch at my desk
Getting home from a long day at work and still having to cook and exercise
Having to carve out time to clean the apartment…now I am cleaning as I go!
The alarm clock going off in the dark
Being separated from my family for extended periods of time
Having to find time to do laundry. Now I can do my laundry while in class!
Driving kids to all their activities. Between school drop offs, pick-ups, and activities, I felt like I lived in my car and at the YMCA. It’s been so nice to just be home.
Sibling rivalry. My kids actually seem happier, are playing more together, and are fighting less (I think)
The lack of stress from not having to deal with “activity logistics.” I am really enjoying the feeling that our days can go the way they need to for our family. My house is cleaner now and the biggest planning I have to do is meals.
Being the one person in the house doing everything. Now that the kids are not completely exhausted, they are setting the table and even learning how to clear not only their own dishes but now learning to take Mommy and Daddy’s too.
Rushing! And requiring my 5 year old to rush. It is so pleasant not to feel stressed as she goes on endless tangents while we get dressed in the morning.
Not chauffeuring kids around to/from schools and activities. No rushing to get out the door. We get more family meal times together and more time with dad.
Not rushing out the door and feeling like I’m forcing my kids to go places they don’t want to go.
I am not missing the stupid thoughts! Now my thoughts are based on real concerns.
Living by my calendar. My stomach is now my main time keeper. Very dangerous.
I have no more excuses for delaying 1) getting some order to my filing “system” and 2) tackling my photo problem (staggering amount of photos that are of no use because of the sheer volume and lack of organization).
Having small children
NYC, the air, the noise, the crowds
Commuting 3.5 hours/day
Having to wear work clothes
Having no time to myself. Now I am enjoying longer daily walks, practicing piano, trying to teach myself mahjong, and writing notes to people.
Filling out my expense report.
This COVID-19 journey is challenging. Each day we are being required to try new things and surrender familiar patterns. It will be interesting to see what, if any, long-term implications this time will have for how we go about our daily lives.
In the meantime, I wish for you good health, patience, and moments of joy! Is there anything that you have NOT been missing during the past few weeks?