Post Covid-19: How did the lockdown change you?

Post Covid-19: How did the lockdown change you?

2019 ended the way most years do, with lots of festivities and fanfare. There was emerging news about a novel virus spreading in China at the time however, most people myself included, did not think anything of it. Why would we? There are over 20 different viruses in the world.

Alas, how wrong we all were. By March 2020 the whole world was in an unprecedented lockdown.

It is a year this month and the effects of this virus are still been felt by everyone, as most countries are currently on lockdown albeit partially.

So to mark the ”one-year anniversary”, I asked 5 people to share (anonymously) their experiences from last year and how the lockdown changed them.

What was your reaction to the lockdown?

It was terrifying I won’t even lie. I was scared to the point that I started experiencing symptoms of covid due to panic😂😂

P.P

A bit scary, as it had not happened before. No one knew what was happening or what to expect.

B.J.A

At first, I said it was normal I could do it. Then when it went on for weeks it became something else. Staying at home became really boring.

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At first disappointed, then I became frustrated and worried. Now having lived through the last year’s lockdown, I am (mentally) better equipped to deal with this one.

T.C

What was your routine like during the lockdown?

Exercise, eat, sleep, movies and read.

Ozi

Sleep, watch movie, eat, and chat online.

P.P

Sleep, take some online courses then chill with Friends(housemates).

B.J.A

Wake up, cook, eat, watch movies, sleep some more.

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I had none really. The days all seemed to blend together and I couldn’t tell the difference anymore.

T.C

Did the lock down change you in anyway? If yes, how?

Not really, I don’t think I changed in any drastic way.

Ozi

Yes. Before lockdown I was overly caring, giving 100% energy to people that just gave me 20%. I always held onto grudges, constantly looked for validation from people that did not even matter. However, after lockdown it became clear to me that life is short, I should put myself first and take self-love seriously. Now I forgive easily for my sake, and their validation no longer matters to me. I now return the same energy people give, just the exact amount. And yes, I laugh more 😁.

P.P

I guess I learnt how to be extra clean.

B.J.A

Yes, it did. I got to realize I did not know my so siblings well. The lockdown gave us time to know each other more.

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It made me appreciate the blessings in my life more, my family, friends, and even my stable financial resources. It also helped me strengthen my relationship with God. When I was alone in a house with no one to turn to, God was there and He kept me sane.

T.C

What are the things you will have done differently pre-covid?

Nothing really.

Ozi

Same, nothing different.

P.P

Taken more care of myself.

B.J.A

Going for more parties with no fear.

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I would have definitely established a routine😂 and contacted my loved ones more frequently.

Then placed more trust in God and be more optimistic.

T.C

Now there are available vaccines, will you take them?

No I feel it has not been tested enough.

Ozi

I really don’t know if I would or not.

P.P

I’m indifferent.

B.J.A

Yes, I do not want to be Infected.

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No, I don’t want to die😂 Those vaccines are sketchy af.

T.C

If you read till this point, yaayy.

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