Social isolation had forced an eerie silence upon them. While fear haunted their existence, one question was at the forefront.
When was this going to end?
Everything was shut down, it felt empty ... pointless ... hopeless ... insecure. They wanted to end their sorrows ... their worries ... their boredom ... their isolation.
But ... weren't they isolated all along?
All those years they were just focused on themselves or on what they thought themselves to be. There was no room to care about others ... their sorrows ... their worries ... their needs. Conversations became flat, reduced to smalltalk, a collection of questions and answers that no one truly cared about. Their relations were a mixture of shallowness, swaggering and rivalry where no one would dare to show their real faces. And authenticity ... no one cared about it anyway.
All those years they buried themselves in work as if it was the only key to happiness. 9 to 5 turned into 24/7, there was no room for family ... for freetime ... to breathe. They had to give everything they have in order to be successful and make as much money as possible without asking themselves if this was really what they wanted or needed. And happiness ... no one cared about it anyway.
All those years family members lived next to each other, not caring about what the others were doing. The security of a family, it just did not exist. So now in this crazy period of time parents are at home with their kids, not knowing how to spend time with them ... what they like ... how to make them feel loved. It is as if there was a big ditch in between them that grew bigger with every year that passed by. And love ... no one cared about it anyway.
All those years neighboors lived next to each other anonymously. They hardly ever saw each other and if they did, they would talk bad behind their backs. And they would not ask to help an elderly woman or man with their chores ... their groceries ... their gardening. No, they would look away because they had enough on their plate already. And solidarity ... no one cared about it anyway.
All those years they wasted their time on video games and Netflix. If someone told them to find some other activities or to socialize more, they would shake their heads saying they were not interested. Now they feel sad because they are lonely ... they have no one to talk to ... nobody to support them in case they got sick. And joy and friendship ... no one cared about it anyway.
It is not all bad though, there still is hope. Now, in the eye of the storm, they might start reconsidering their lifes ... their relations ... their values. Maybe this forced social isolation with all its consequences can be a chance to focus on what really matters.
From now on they will make more time for the people they love. They will truly care about their interest ... their feelings ... their wants and needs. In bad times they will be there to listen to each other and in good times they will just enjoy the moment together. And love and solidarity ... everyone will care about it.
From now on they will take breaks from the stress and the hectic ... to breathe ... to focus. They will try to create a balance between their work and their freetime because they have learned that money can not buy them what they really need and that success can be defined in so many different ways. And happiness ... everyone will care about it.
From now on they will take the time to listen to their inner voice to realize what really matters to them. They will realize what kind of person they are ... how they want to be ... how they can accomplish their goals. Their relations will become true because they no longer pretend to be someone else, the shallowness will fade and honest bonds will be formed. And authenticity ... everyone will care about it.
From now on they will look for activities they truly enjoy ... that stimulate their creativity ... that make them feel more active. They will meet new people along the way and find connections they never had before. Their freetime will no longer be a dull collection of hours but a possibility for new experiences. And joy and friendship ... everyone will care about it.
Now is their chance to press the reset button ... to turn isolation and fear into a lesson for the future ... to find their better selves. Let's hope they will make it.