I wish I had something comforting to say, but like you and many others, this is my first pandemic. Unfortunately, my speciality includes dwelling in my thoughts, sitting with them and inviting them for an afternoon tea. They keep me preoccupied. I can, however, list some good things that otherwise would have never happened if it weren’t for this quarantine or maybe some things I’ve just come to appreciate a little bit more.
1. My Mum got Spotify. Now you see, my Mum, that wonderful lady is not easily swayed by the ways of technology. So this is a BIG step, a step that has significantly improved our mother-daughter relationship. I no longer avoid her phone calls as they usually consist of her reminding me to eat food, study hard and snatch a lovely English boy to be my boyfriend. I now make her playlists and chat about all the teenage angst-y shit she got up to back in the day. That’s growth, people
2. I finally got my Dad to watch a TV show. After years and years of persuasion, the pandemic has left the poor man with no choice but to finally watch Breaking Bad
3. Quarantine managed to bring all of my best mates and me to commit to a group Skype call. Shockingly, we all made it (on time as well)
4. My brother has unabashedly become a cat-person. Imagine a 25-year-old grown man whispering ‘pspspsps,’ nothing defeats the “crazy cat lady” stereotype more than that image
5. Some good old sunshine. I don’t know about you, but it’s still springtime in my household, and I plan on coming out of this with a solid tan
6. I’ve realized that this is an excellent time to get back on those dating apps (hear me out). I believe we have entered a time where men have simply been given no choice but to respond to texts
7. Just some bloody peace and quiet, man
8. Lastly and most importantly, hair dye (or clippers for you lads). There are no rules. The world, truly, is your oyster.
(Honorary mentions include a trouser-free routine, snacks and dog spotting.)