It’s surreal to think that a lot of us spent a year at home. Online work, online school, online meetups, online everything. I’m trying to remember how my life was at the time but it’s all a blur. I don’t think life was that bad for me for because I had a lot of sources of entertainment, but I’m much happier now that I can see people in person and explore the city.
Before in quarantine days:
- I got into letter writing and stamps
- I got into various crafts
- I watched a ton of shows
- I went hard with online shopping, to escape the everyday
- Small joys: Anything out of the ordinary brought me joy. During this time I came to appreciate a lot of things.
Now after three vaccine shots and with restrictions lifted:
- I’ve met up with a lot of my friends and had opportunities to dress up again. One of the first things I did was get a hair cut.
- I’ve visited numerous cafes and restaurants, something I had missed
- Fun dates with boyfriend
- I got to see the cherry blossoms this year. There are none in my neighbourhood, so I explored other parts of the province to see them.
- New experiences: I got a shellac manicure with my coworker yesterday. After hearing that I had never gotten a manicure before, she encouraged me to try it out.
The importance of taking pictures
Without pictures, I feel that a lot of the things I’ve done would have been lost on me. “Put away the phone; enjoy the moment without the phone” is the opposite of how I think… I think it diminishes photography, ignores that people may have poor memory, and ignores that people may want something to look back on. Personally, I get a lot of satisfaction from capturing a good photograph.