Yung Totoo: Introverts Can Struggle With Social Distancing, Too
Two weeks into quarantine, and you’d think we’d all be used to the tambay-sa-bahay life, especially for the introverts. Given the strict physical distancing measures enforced to keep the COVID-19 from spreading even further, everyone is advised to stay put at home, especially if you can afford to do so. On-ground classes are suspended anyway, so there’s really nowhere else students need to be.
For introverts, staying in is practically our forte. Our homes are our comfort zones, it’s where we ~thrive~. Staying home is something our more extroverted friends might struggle with (hugs, we love you, extroverts), but not us. Or at least that’s what we thought.
At some point, some of the introverts might start to feel tired of staying home. Which sounds WEIRD. Tired of staying home? Introverts?? Totoo ba??? But TBH, it’s also quite possible for some introverts to start feeling uneasy about isolation, especially since we are in the middle of a pandemic and we don’t know how long it’ll take before things get better (or worse).
So yes, it’s okay to admit that you’re starting to have a hard time doing the one thing you thought you were good at. Too much of something isn’t good, and that applies to too much alone time for introverts, too. Still, this doesn’t mean you get a free pass to leave your homes and head out in the middle of a quarantine. But there are other ways that might help lessen our unexpected feelings about solitude.
Strike up a conversation with your family.
You might think, “Sawa na ako sa pamilya ko, sila na lang ang palagi kong kasama dito sa bahay.” But hey, didn’t we think the same way about the friends and classmates we ~used~ to see five days a week? The people we’re with at home are the closest we have to actual human interaction, so let’s try not to take it for granted. Talk to them about
Connect with friends online.
If you live alone and have no one to talk to physically, you’re friends are just one call, Messenger, or text away. Send a message about how you’re feeling to a friend you trust and encourage them to do the same. We’re practicing physical distancing, but we’re still free to stay connected.
Find a hobby you enjoy or try doing something new.
Now’s the perfect time to work on the things we said we’d do but didn’t have the time to. *cough* De-clutter your closet. *cough* Try doing the things that make you feel happy to keep your mind stimulated. Or maybe pick up a hobby or activity that’s completely new to you, like journaling, sketching, or making TikTok videos (Hey, you might find it fun, who knows?).
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.