Life in Isolation: Part II

Sometimes I wonder whether I should be recording more of what’s going on in the world now. Like the Mass Observation diaries of WWII, recording ordinary, everyday life for the duration. Although, I notice that it began in 1937 and continued until the mid-1960s, and then was revived again in 1981. I presume it already has participants covering Covid-19.

Besides, my life hasn’t changed much, beyond the fact of having to stay at home and not go out to work. I’m not the social variety, and usually have to spend my weekends recovering my equilibrium so as to be able to face the next week at work. Not that I hate my job or my colleagues, but I prefer fewer people and a quieter environment.

Stamp Let Your Dreams Take Flight

All this enforced unsociability is probably hellish for the more extroverted among us, which might give them a better understanding of how all the normal sociability of life feels for the more introverted in society. I doubt it, though. I see a lot of things about when life goes back to “normal”. To be honest, I prefer the current “normal”.

I’m also hoping refusing unsolicited hugs, and insisting on one’s personal bubble-space, will be seen as less weird after this, though.

For me, though, Life in Isolation continues as a lovely drift through the days of reading, writing, crafting. A gentle pace, wherein I get to determine my interactions with the Outside World.

Mouse Party

I’ve been baking – I have my recipe posts planned for the next few months (although I have made that easier for myself by reducing the number of recipes each month to one) – and now mostly feel a bit like the above mice.

How are you finding life in isolation? Are you desperate for it to end, or does it suit your temperament?

8 thoughts on “Life in Isolation: Part II

  1. I totally understand where you are coming from. I am lucky enough to work from home & apart from a daily trip to the post office & once a week to the supermarket, my life exists in my bubble. The only thing I have found hard is that all my neighbours are now at home too & I don’t get the solitude of the day when they were at work. But I have found switching off with my headphones has been a great help. My husband works shifts so we didn’t spend time socialising much as he was off when others worked so, no life hasn’t changed much. I do miss my Dad though as he lives 2 hours away & has Dementia & I haven’t seen him since the beginning of March, but I have to say the pressure of constantly visiting him has eased & I am not as stressed as I was. Take care x

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    1. Visiting family is one of the few social interactions I do miss – they’re mostly at the other end of the country, which means I still can’t visit them yet. I’d like to hope that I’ll be able to WFH when my office reopens, but I doubt it. 😦
      Take care yourself x


  2. I am also hoping for random hugging to be seen as unacceptable! I am also liking this ‘normal’ I am not overly sociable and prefer this isolated life, the only thing I am missing is random visits to my parents and brothers. I have realised that even though I haven’t been shopping I’ve not missed it. My husband is going food shopping and I’ve not yet felt the urge to help! I’m dreading going back to work, (on rota but I missed my last shift as I wasn’t well) T.A in a school with masks not recommended. The likelihood of more children been in and the difficulties of social distancing is starting to worry me. 😬
    I have also been reading, crafting and doing a bit of song writing ukulele playing (new hobby since Christmas!) no baking for me though, I leave that for the husband as he is very good at it! I just wish that I didn’t have to go back to work and could keep to this lifestyle albeit with family visits!

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    1. Glad it’s not just me with the hugging!
      I find I prefer doing the shopping now, with all the rules, than I did before. Fewer people, and I don’t feel quite so rushed for some reason. Odd, that!

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  3. I’ve always kept a personal journal. By my bed at night. I don’t write every day but I do often enough and I never think of anyone else reading them. Perhaps a few generations down will find them in a box and find them interesting. Though I doubt it will be all that interesting in the end, haha. I write for myself. Its therapeutic 🙂

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  4. I’m keeping a blog – not sure it’ll be of any interest to anyone but me, but, as someone with a history degree, I like the idea of keeping records. I do keep a manual diary, but my handwriting is probably illegible to anyone but me!

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