Lockdown In 2020: Facing The Effects of COVID-19 As A Single Woman
I am under self-isolation like nearly everyone in the world today due to the deadly COVID-19 that has 2020 under an uncertain lockdown.
I am 30 years old. Never before have I witnessed a global shut-down of this scale.
The COVID-19 virus has not singled out any country, class of people, or population.
Everyone from a janitor to the Prince of Whales are forced to quarantine.
Yes, this is going to have long-lasting economic effects.
Yes, it is going to change global relationships forever.
Those are obvious effects.
Yet, what about the way we perceive ourselves?
More Than Just A Single Woman Stand-point
As a person who has been working from home for 2 years, and who hardly ventures out except to run some errands, the quarantine has not forced any drastic lifestyle changes in me.
Over a year before this tragic turn of events I had already accustomed myself to cooking from home, working 12–14 hours a day on my business, working out, and having only the people who really matter around me.
It sounds selfish when I talk about it now. However human selfishness is an evolutionarily favorable trait.
Ray Dalio, famed investor and founder of Bridgewater, says in the first few pages of his book “Principles” that selfishness should be coveted instead of frowned upon.
Taking care of oneself is the first step towards being responsible for bigger circles like family, businesses, and society at large.
Yet, we have somehow underestimated and forgotten this over the decades.
We have become excessively dependent on external factors for our entertainment that we have forgotten to build a relationship with ourselves and our dear ones.
Do we finally have a real problem?
In the last 30 years we have seen an exponential increase in our quality of life.
Here are some of the entities that we take for granted everyday:
- The internet: which is thankfully unaffected during this crisis.
- Amazon: founded in 1999 is now our first option to purchase almost anything. The COVID-19 restrictions have now restricted this service to essential items only.
- Food delivery apps: people are not having to cook thanks to these services.
- Malls: The safe haven for idlers and serious shoppers.
- Multiplexes: I remember when I was 10 years old, there was only 1 posh movie theatre in my city. Now there are half a dozen- each trying to outdo one another in services and amenities.
- Cheaper travel: today even a single-income family can afford yearly holidays at least within the country.
As we can see 1990–2020 has been an upward curve in terms of lifestyle quality across the world.
Yet, this has also led to a decline in self-esteem.
We have forgotten how to entertain ourselves.
We have forgotten what joy cooking your own healthy meals everyday brings.
We have forgotten what it is to have just a couple of meaningful relationships.
We have forgotten how maintain ourselves and stay fit.
Have we learnt our lesson?
Although COVID-19 threatens humanity with dire consequences I am sure we will overcome this crisis.
Whatever said and done, humans have grit.
This quality has seen us through several pandemics, wars, and natural disasters.
I am confident that we can do it again.
Yet, I will also be eagerly observing the social behavior of humans post this catastrophe.
Will we change our outlook, or go back to our original ways.