I’ve seen some other bloggers share their pandemic experiences & I figured I would jump on the bandwagon too. I find other’s perspectives on this crazy year to be interesting. Plus, I feel like we all can relate to some of it.
It’s funny when I think back to the start of 2020 I had no idea life would become so different. We spent New Years out on the town. We got dressed up in our fanciest attire, had dinner & watched fireworks when it struck midnight. I was working at the same job I had been for a few years, still living at home but planning to move out in the spring & everything seemed to be ordinarily the same.
I was getting sick of my mundane life. Work was a bore & I just wanted to be out on my own. But at the same time the comfort of my hometown was hard to leave for some reason. I knew I needed someone or something to shake things up. There was no way I would do it on my own.
When I first heard about the virus it was through a few comments & memes online. It wasn’t until my brother wasn’t allowed to be on campus for his final semester at college did we know shit was getting real.
It was March 11th when I got the call. I was all dressed for work & practically walking out the door. My mom was urging me not to go & that it was unsafe. But luckily the phone rang & my boss said the following sentence that would change my life forever.
“We will be closed until further notice.”
A few weeks went by & I was still living in two places at once. Half the time at Todd’s & half at my parents. It got exhausting. When stay at home order was announced, I had had enough & told my parents I was moving out that evening.
I grabbed two duffle bags & filled them with as much clothing as I possibly could. I even tried to fit a few framed photos that hung on my walls. By the time I was done, my childhood room was completely bare minus the bed and a few empty pieces of furniture. I would get the rest later, I decided.
In a lot of ways I knew I had to make this transition as abrupt as possible. No time for reminiscing or sad goodbyes from me. Hell no. I was going to suppress those emotions & deal with it later.
When I got to my new home, I went up to our room, walked over to my nightstand & placed my childhood stuffed animal monkey on the table. As I looked into its hollow eyes, a tear trickled down my cheek.
FAST FORWARD A FEW MONTHS
Settling into my new life was pretty easy. I knew living with Todd would be a breeze but I thought I’d miss my old life just a bit. Emotionally, I was kind of a wreck though. I was turning 29 & had no job at the moment. I felt lost. I spent most of my days on the couch, watching tv shows, building puzzles, coloring & crying myself to sleep some nights. But I slowly developed a new routine. I found joy in the simple things like my morning smoothie or walks in the neighborhood. The fact I wasn’t the only one struggling made it better. And I was slowly making the best out of a weird new life.
I became healthier & was working out most days, we got lost in home improvement projects & watching countless movies in the evenings. I remember one hot summer day, I decided to rip out weeds in our backyard. Who was I becoming?? I quickly turned into Susie homemaker. Someone who prefers eating out at restaurants was cooking at home! I’ll hand it to the coronavirus for making me into more of an adult.
I missed my family though. I missed Starbucks runs with my mom & watching YouTube videos with my brother. I was battling two loses: moving out of my parents & trying to socially distance & create a new life for myself. It was tough. I thought life was already hard & we were dealing with enough already. The pandemic was the icing on the cake.
Like I said living with Todd made it fun though. I give props to those having to live alone in apartments during this time. I’m sure it’s been lonely. We managed to entertain ourselves nicely. When puzzles were all the rage, we stayed up until 5 am to finish a 1500 piece one. I had no idea it would be that fun. Or maybe, I’ve become delusional.
For a while, Todd took over the living room and made it his office for 6+ months. So, during the day, I had no place to just sit & be alone. I ended up creating a “quarantine room” (as I called it). I brought my old tv from my childhood bedroom & Todd’s black couch & made a little “babe cave” if you will. I spent a lot of days watching Seinfeld & reading tons of books. But in the back of my mind, I felt incomplete.
Don’t get me wrong, days doing absolutely nothing & sleeping in was great for a while. But the urge to be productive ate away at me. I was writing in my gratitude journal one day & thought of starting a blog. I’d always wanted to but never had the time before. The crazy idea sat in my head for a few months. Everytime I had nothing to do, the idea would scream louder in my mind. Finally, in July, I decided to create a blog. And Mind Beauty Simplicity was born.
LETS BACK TRACK A MOMENT
So, before I discovered my happy ending of blogging, I focused my attention on the news & projecteries of covid cases. The reporter in me soaked up all the information. It seriously felt like we were in this weird movie. The situations we’ve had to deal with truly felt unreal.
And I speak about it like we aren’t still dealing with it today, but practically 10 months later, we are still in this mess. By the time this post goes live I wonder if the US goes on another lockdown. I know the UK is at the moment. I was someone who got cabin fever over being snowed in. This experience has made me stronger in that aspect.
IT ALL WASN’T THAT BAD
It’s easy to focus on the negative during this time. I haven’t been able to visit my sick grandmother who lives in another state. I lost a family member (who I wasn’t too close to) to the virus. But regardless it was weird to know someone included in those stats. My family hasn’t been able to celebrate holidays or birthdays in the ways we usually do. But regardless of the uncertainty, we’ve made the best out of a horrible situation.
We try to get outside as much as possible. Eating outside at restaurants wasn’t too bad, until the temperatures dropped. And Todd & I made a few purchases to make the home life more entertaining. The inflatable hot tub has been quite the hit. And we’ve been playing more video games like Fall Guys & Among Us. Tik tok isn’t too bad either.
When we look back & tell our stories to future generations of 2020, it will be a mix of tragedy, societal change & weird trends. “Grandma, who was Tiger King?” I think we will come out stronger & more resilient to change. When our children tell us they’re bored, we will laugh & tell them they have no idea what boredom really is.
Obviously, I look forward to the days we don’t have to wear masks or social distance from the world. But until then, I’m going to continue to look on the bright side of this situation & make the best out of these days. Wouldn’t it be cool if they made a book depicting individual stories from the pandemic. Kind of like Humans of New York vibes. We all have unique stories. Some of us have gone through quite worse. But each are special in their own way.
To all my readers & fellow bloggers, I hope you stay healthy & happy during these trying times. If you would like to share your stories of coronavirus & lockdown, please do. I would love to read them.
Don’t forget to follow me on my social media accounts: I will be posting tons of festive photos on my Instagram & stories as well as creating holiday boards on Pinterest.