Due to the coronavirus, the government required all the citizens of specific states to self-isolate. You may go out to purchase essentials, but that’s it—after shopping, you need to return home immediately. However, I took the isolation order to heart; that’s why I did not leave the house for exactly 70 days.
Whenever I needed to buy groceries, I would fill my cart online and deliver the items at my doorstep. If I could not find stuff there, I could hire a local delivery person to get them from the store for me.
But the highlight of the quarantine was the things that I realized while staying isolated from everyone. Here they are:
I Don’t Need Too Many Friends
Before going into isolation, I could not stand not to talk with at least ten people I considered as friends. Some of them were neighbors and colleagues; others were former classmates in high school and college. I used to think that having as many friends as possible was the reason for my happiness.
This idea merely changed when the quarantine orders came, and I could no longer see all my friends. The one I frequently at the lobby of the apartment building lived a floor above mine, but we could not chat for long. I managed to call the others almost every day, but it gradually decreased as the days passed.
The change did not come because my friends stopped answering me, no. I just realized that I did not need too many friends on my side. Instead, I should be happy with one or two individuals who would never leave my side.
I Can Survive A Week Without Partying
I refuse to see myself as a party animal, although that’s a nickname that my family has been linking to me for years. They say that it is because I act like my week cannot be complete if I cannot go clubbing.
In truth, I cannot blame my loved ones for painting me that way in their minds. Ever since I turned 21 years old, I made an unspoken vow to party at least once a week. It was technically a reward for myself for getting through the weekdays. Besides, I enjoyed drinking and dancing with friends too much, so I did not want to pass up an opportunity to hit the clubs with them.
Despite that, the quarantine forced me to stop partying with anyone. None of the bars and clubs that my friends and I used to visit were closed for an indefinite period. Even meeting them during the day became inadvisable. I am merely not complaining about it now because it has made me see that I can survive a week—or a month—without partying.
I Feel Better When I Eat Healthily
I am no different from other young adults who are trying to make it big in the metro. I work for morning till night on weekdays; I live in a tiny apartment with two roommates to be able to pay the rent. This setup does not bother me, to be honest, considering it is easy to eat at fast-food chains.
However, as everyone stayed at home due to the coronavirus, most restaurants in my city had to shut down. A handful of them was stubborn enough to remain open, but they could only handle a few clients every day. Thus, my roommates and I had no choice but to buy a portable gas stove and cook our meals.
Was it effortless for us? No! Sometimes, we would eat scorched rice or soggy noodles; other times, we would have half-burnt-half-undercooked meat. But once we got the hang of cooking, we managed to cook healthy meals, which made me feel better than ever.
I cannot promise that I won’t go back to my old habits once the quarantine is 100% done. Still, I already know better than to overdo everything, so I won’t go crazy when it comes to friendships, parties, and fast foods.