So I don’t like to say mean or hurtful things, not about anyone nor anything. But at this point, after everything we’ve all been through in the past year or so, I can’t help myself. This message needs to be heard:
It’s been almost a week now that I’ve been fully immunized against COVID-19. For those of you who may be curious, I got the Modern vaccine.
I’m hesitant to say that the pandemic is winding down or that COVID is going away. But I do feel like COVID will be less of a threat going forward, and we can safely (or semi-safely) start getting back to our old lives. With that in mind, I think this is a good time to reflect on some of the lessons learned during the pandemic.
For me personally, the #1 lesson I learned is that I’m not as much of an introvert as I thought. For most of my life, I’ve felt happiest when I’m alone and loneliest when I’m in a crowd. Social interactions—even with people I like—tend to leave me feeling drained. And that’s pretty much the textbook definition of introversion.
So when the pandemic started, I was secretly thrilled. Social distancing sounded like a dream come true. I thought I was going to write all the things, and draw all the things, and read all the books, and build all the Lego sets. But being totally isolated from the rest of humanity—turns out that, for me, was a pretty draining experience, too. Being alone all the time is almost as draining as being at a crowded and noisy party with a bunch of highly judgmental people.
Now that I’m fully immunized, and as more and more people are joining the fully immunized club, I am just so gosh darn eager to talk to somebody—anybody! For the first time in my life, I’m acting almost like an extrovert. Yes, I do want to talk about the weather and the local sports team! Yes, please do tell me how your kids are holding up! And your opinions about politics? Actually, no. I still don’t want to have that conversation, thanks.
Maybe this is a temporary thing. In fact, I’m sure it’s a temporary thing and that my introverted ways will gradually start to reassert themselves. But still, a lesson was learned. I’m not as much of an introvert as I thought, and maybe a little social activity is good for me after all.
What lessons did you learn from the pandemic?