The pandemic has made us all appreciate so much of our life from before 2020. It has been so long that I have almost forgotten what life was like pre-pandemic. Here are some things that this pandemic has made me appreciate –
I MISS AIRPORTS! I miss getting on a flight every month! I miss the long baggage drop queues. I miss being pushed and shoved in the boarding queue. I miss all the anxiety that would riddle me before the security check (yeah, I’m on of those weirdos who freaks out that security will find weed or a gun in my bag – even though I don’t have either). I miss buying overpriced coffee just to post a photo of it on Instagram. I miss taking 1000s of blurry photos of the sky. I miss sitting next to a loud snorer and not being able to sleep throughout the flight. I miss the flight attendant accidentally spilling my beverage on me. I miss freaking out about my phone running out of battery before I reach my destination. So much new found appreciation for the whole flying shebang.
Missing travel? Checkout Travomania’s travel blog here.
I miss my friends making weekend plans with me WAY in advance and me agreeing to those plans knowing very well that when Saturday rolls in, I’m not going to want to change out of my PJs to go out. I miss the dread that would fill me as time flew by on Saturday and the time quickly approached for me to start getting ready. I miss waiting for my friends to call me and cancel the plan. I miss those moments where I’d painfully write down a message giving a generic reason for bailing (yet again). I miss the relief that would wash over me after right as I’d press send! I miss my friends being pissed at me for days and yet making plans with me for another weekend.
Wondering if I am a total weirdo? Know more about my quirks here.
I miss rushing through thousands of sweaty, smelly people to get to the platform and manage to squeeze into the extremely overcrowded Mumbai local (train). I miss begging auto drivers to drop me home during the heavy rains of Mumbai (read as floods). I miss being stuck for hours in traffic listening to almost every song on my very long Spotify playlist before getting to work. I miss the Uber driver sharing his life story with me after a late night of partying. I miss being literally carried off by the throngs of people de-boarding the local train at my station. *sigh* Those were some adventure filled days.
Read more about my Mumbai days here.
Meeting New People
I am socially awkward and an introvert, so most of my first interactions with people are meme worthy! I miss tugging awkwardly on my clothes while staring at my feet while someone new tries to break the ice with me. I miss whipping out my phone in the office elevator to avoid having to talk to the people in there with me. I miss awkwardly removing my earphones on realizing that the person next to me on my commute is trying to talk to me. I miss avoiding eye contact with that colleague in the cafeteria so that I don’t have to do small talk. I miss putting on my RBF every time my friends forced me to interact with their other friends. I miss my RBF so bad – I’ve had NO use of it in the past 1 year!
Wondering what is RBF? Read my post about assumptions people have about me to know more.
Remember when you had to make an effort to put on make-up and look presentable before stepping out of the house? But hey, who cares now? It’s not like anyone’s going to recognize you from under that double mask. Saves SO much valuable time. Looking like an addict who hasn’t slept in 10 days? Don’t worry – your face mask will mask it for you. Breaking out? Don’t worry the mask will help you cover it up and break you out even more (mask acne!). Bad breath? You aren’t even going to be able to breathe forget anyone being able to tell if you have bad breath! New make up launches? Save all your money – it isn’t like they have invented mask proof foundation!
Want to know how the pandemic impacted lives in India and South Africa? Read my collab post with Lebogang here.
If it isn’t obvious yet – this is a parody post! With India back in lockdown – I’m trying to desperately look for some humour in the situation. What are some things that this pandemic made you appreciate more? Wrong answers only! 😀
*PS: I genuinely do appreciate face masks. Please wear masks before stepping out of the safety of your house if your country is still grappling with coronavirus. Please ensure your mask covers your nose and mouth. It has proven to be more effective to double mask! Wearing your mask below your nose is not effective. (reiterating this because people are still doing this)
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