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An Unexpected Pause.

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, March 16, 2020

At around ten o’clock on Friday morning, I was refreshing my email box for any messages from the boss regarding the status on whether we were required to report to work the following week. There was no word sent from the higher ups that was being trickled down.

Thirty minutes later, I received an email from a teleconference that work was going to be on hiatus for an undetermined amount of time.

The rest of the day was filled with trying to keep everything under control even though the level of uncertainty for my own routine was going to be disrupted.

Waking up on Saturday morning was a whole different story. For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had an abundance of free time and energy that I could finally focus on a lot of home tasks that I have been putting off for a long time. I had more time to read, draw, put together a puzzle, watch my favorite shows, do yoga, clean, play board games, cook, watch movies, and crochet without any of the guilt or obligations I normally have on the weekend.

Social isolation is interesting at this time in history because we have the Internet and we can socialize in many virtual ways.

It is still early on, but I feel that this sudden abundance of free time is a much needed pause that we need as a society to step back, take a break, and get a much needed rest.

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Banes at 11:47AM, March 17, 2020

As of now, I’m still working two jobs and the full lockdown hasn’t taken effect. I believe it’s coming soon and we need to get on this. I’m anticipating staying home more! It would be a great opportunity to work on the writing and creating that there’s usually too little time for!

Andreas_Helixfinger at 9:40AM, March 16, 2020

Well, I only work hours as a cleaner at the hospital next door so I have the freedom to simply make myself unavailable for work and I can stay home. And boy am I staying away from work for quite some time now. Alarms went about patients suspected of being corona infected and so now there are security guards outside the entrance controlling who gets in and out. Honestly though, Corona or no corona, I'm pretty sick of my work right now. I used to tolerate it because it allowed you to work alone in peace, but now there are constant meetings and calls for more integration with the group and other stuff. I might still, perhaps come back to it at some point, but right now I just want nothing to do with it. Social isolation is something I've been okay with for a long time and now should be no different(Y)

usedbooks at 8:36AM, March 16, 2020

Tbh, it kind of reminds me of a long blizzard/snowed-in situation. But more geographically extensive with different concerns. I have fond memories of being snowed-in for weeks at a time as a kid. (This was before internet, so the cabin fever was pretty bad. And in a weather event, all the stores close because employees can't get to work. In many ways, it is more extreme.)

ShaRose49 at 6:00AM, March 16, 2020

I hadn't really thought about it that way. I guess that’s a decent perspective. All the schools have been shut down in my province, and while I think that’s extreme and unfortunate, I guess there are positives that we can focus on too. Maybe some families will grow closer and get to know each other better. At the very least it’s gonna make business boom for baby-sitting.

Avart at 1:07AM, March 16, 2020

Interesting. I do work Mon-Fri from 8:30 to 18:30. That's without counting the traveling time to job (which usually I add around 3 hours to my journey). We are still expecting an announcement if 'home office' will be required. If that's the case, I have a bit more time to do a lot of things with my wife and son.

usedbooks at 12:14AM, March 16, 2020

I work six months a year. For the other six months, I live social isolation. I have no money for events, and crowds make me very uncomfortable. I time shopping trips for the lowest traffic hours. (I feel like a top expert on social distancing at this point.)

Gunwallace at 12:05AM, March 16, 2020

D&D via webcam! Who could ask for more?

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