What if we were having a webinar! Whatsapp call or met for coffee by accident? I would perhaps ask how life is treating you in this pandemic or post-pandemic world depending on the part of the world you are living in. It wouldn’t matter whether you are living in a city, state, or country infested with COVID cases flaring up and/or in a place with very few cases. Fact is that the pandemic is taking a toll on our mental health and awareness.
This post is not about mental health but it may be indirectly or remotely connected to how this new world has impacted us. Last week, I visited the coffee shop where I’ve been a regular customer and ordered an iced coffee, sat to read a bit but didn’t stay for long. I again visited on Monday and this time remained for two hours. It felt strange in 360 degrees altering the globe. Sitting with the laptop and coffee, I typed an entire chapter for the romance novella on blog. I didn’t keep track of time and enjoyed writing.
It made me happy deep inside. The rare perks of going out, enjoying coffee, croissant, and writing. The coffee was good but something was missing. I love the frothy on top but was watery. I didn’t complain because it’s a luxury which is the rarest and thinking about friends who cannot go out for coffee. The girl at the cafe ran to me and asking about seeing me after a very long time Truth is that I am still into self-isolation mode much after the lockdown and my reasoning is irrespective of few cases and declared COVID safe doesn’t in any way imply a COVID free world. Till we haven’t battled the virus, the risks remain present.
Back to the coffee shop trip, I felt the world has changed. Something was missing in the happiness sipping coffee, writing, taking pictures and selfie staring at the laptop. It feels good to step up in a world afflicted by the pandemic yet it’s odd sitting at this familiar place, and to think the last time, the virus scare erupted. It felt different. Yet, at the same time, we need to venture out and learn to live with this frenemy. How long can we stay cooped inside remain the biggest question?
I’ve self-isolated myself for more than six months and refused invitations but there comes a time when you need to venture in a place lending serenity. Coffee shops are such places for me. Reading at peace and being with the self. Did I told there is an old British gentleman we Indians would refer to uncle saw me the last time and told you are the guy who reads at the cafe? That’s how he remembers me. Fucking true!
Life has changed for us and perhaps our individual perception to a certain extent on how we respond to fears. It’s a natural thing to do since we live in a new world and the virus phenomenon is something new to us. I know many won’t pay heed to it but over the years, a certain degree of awareness has seeped into my life.
A sense of happiness about visiting the place and picture it one year back when I was a regular and then, the dock of life, be it coffee shops, movies or travel has stopped. A feeling of being grateful to the universe for stepping out and the only difference is perhaps the mask, sanitizer and social distancing. I intend to make the most ay sitting to work once a week at the coffee shop and far away from the maddening crowd or even senseless conversation. It works well for the mental health and why not embrace the routine change.
How often do you go out in the uncertain times? Do share.