Don’t get me wrong, the circumstances that we are all experiencing are less than ideal. Millions of people just within the U.S. are without jobs right now, tens of thousands are becoming ill (on a daily basis), and some are even losing their lives to the pandemic that we are facing.
The pandemic itself is terrifying and cruel, but still, part of me is sitting here asking myself what if I enjoy being quarantined? I don’t mean that to sound heartless, but part of me is actually enjoying being bottled up in the walls of my home.
While part of me feels bad for admitting that, the other part of me is happy. In the last week or two, I have felt a greater sense of happiness than any I have ever felt before.
What if I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to feel obligated to leave my house? What if I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to be bothered by anybody else asking me to go out and do things? What if I enjoy spending time around those who are closest to me more than anything? Does the fact that I enjoy being quarantined make me a bad person?
Everything Is Going Digital
When I heard that my company was mandating all employees to work remotely until April 17th at the absolute earliest, I decided to jump on a plane and spend my quarantine in the mountains of Utah with my parents.
I will be the first to admit that I am not your typical 26-year-old. My parents are my best friends. In being the youngest child by six years, I have always had an incredibly strong relationship with my parents. We laugh together, joke together, watch movies together, even drink together. Through all of my ups and downs, my strong relationship with my parents is one of the few things that has always remained constant.
After a few phone calls and convincing on their part, I decided to listen to their advice and flew out to Utah to spend some time until everything settled down.
Part of me was hesitant at first just because I had tried living in Utah in the past, but that didn’t end up working so well for me. But after my last visit out here, there was something about it that captured me. Maybe it’s because I am in a different state of mind now and can actually see the good in life, or maybe it’s because I have simply matured.
Either way, it feels like a whole new experience from the one I had when I first lived here, and it’s one I am incredibly grateful to be experiencing.
Making The Most Out of My Quarantine
Another reason why I enjoy being quarantined is can be due to the fact that I am simply having fun.
I know that not a lot of people are going to agree with me when I say that, but it’s the truth. I am having more fun being quarantined in this little tiny community in this little tiny town than I do hanging out with my friends back home.
Two days after arriving, I went as far as telling my parents that the community in which they live in reminds me somewhat of a retirement community.
As bad as that may sound, I actually meant it in a good way. The neighbors are younger and work during the day. At night, everyone gets together, has dinner with each other, and just seems to be incredibly close. It’s not really social distancing at its finest, but with how close everyone is, it doesn’t feel any different than being part of a large family.
Being somebody who has never been close to any of my neighbors in the past, this experience was something new for me.
Aside from working during the day and spending a lot of time with my family and newfound friends, there is just this sense of peace and calm that I have managed to find even in the midst of all of the chaos that the world is experiencing. It’s been a nice change and has really left me feeling happy and full of gratitude.
My Hesitations With Being Quarantined
At first, I was scared of having to work remotely. I thought that I was going to get incredibly bored without getting to see my teammates on a daily basis, that my levels of productivity were going to suffer significantly, and my biggest fear; that I was going to have to change my daily routine and adapt to a new one.
I am a creature of habit. For the last five months, I have been waking up at the same time every day during the week, going straight to the gym, coming home and write for a little bit before work, and would then make the commute into work. Having to adapt to a new lifestyle, or even the thought of doing so, scared me, especially with all of the changes that the world is already experiencing.
After a few days, however, I realized that I actually enjoyed being quarantined far more than I thought I would. I have developed somewhat of a new daily routine, have managed to become more productive than I was in the office, and have enjoyed not having to make a 2-hour commute into work each and every day. All of the things that I once feared had become things that I was finding joy in.
The added bonus for me was the fact that I now had an additional two hours of time on my hands. Without having to make the commute into and from work on a daily basis, I have been able to use that time to improve other areas of my life instead of sitting on the bus by myself.
Making The Most Of The Situation
The truth is, no matter how badly we want to change everything that is going on in the world around us, we are not going to be able to. It doesn’t make sense to allow the circumstances to consume our happiness when we have very little control over outside factors.
One thing that does remain in our control, however, is our perception. It’s not always easy to stay positive and uplifted, but what other choice do we have? Why not make the most out of the situation that we are in and use the time that we have to improve other areas of our lives in which we haven’t been able to delegate time to?
I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Maybe that reason is clear, or maybe it will always remain a mystery. Either way, it is entirely our choice of how we perceive the situation that we are in. When you look for the good, you will find the good. When you seek out the bad, the bad will follow you and haunt your every thought.
If there is one thing that I could encourage you to do, it’s to find the good in the world around you. Be grateful that you have this time on your hands, be happy that you are surrounded by those you are closest to, and be grateful that you are in good health.
Who knows, maybe all of this will force you to embrace some of your fears and realize that they aren’t so scary after all. It has definitely done that for me.