Some we choose, and some are thrust upon us!
Some are overwhelming and hard to understand or accept, like this pandemic.
Have you noticed changes in relationships? To have been in lockdown together must have tested many relationships to the limit. But even less intimate relationships may have undegone changes as people respond in their different ways to the new situations.
I wonder if introverts have become more introverted...lockdown and social restrictions could feel like permission to be an introvert! To be an exttrovert may be even harder in these strange times when so many social norms have been upturned.
Many people have changed their online habits, abandoning social media and taking a break from blogs, both reading them and writing them. One poll said that only 12% of British people wanted their lives to return to the same as they were before the virus hit.
Have you found that some friends have gone very quiet? (Hard not to worry about them,) And that friends from way back have got in touch? Lovely to know you are remembered fondly and to catch up with their lives!
Have you learned new things about yourself? I have always been happy with my own company on the whole, but I realised I need human contact more than I knew when I didn't have it for a spell. Those early days of strict lockdown were lonely. I have also realised that one of the reasons I like to be out and about seeing other places and people is that I like to be looking at things which are not my responsibility! Much as I love my house and garden and am grateful to have them, I am very aware that cleaning and maintaining them, insuring them and managing them, the responsibility of all of it is all up to me. Do you think this must be why holidays can be so important to us?
Last week I met friends in town for an outdoor coffee in the sunshine. Wonderful!! Will a holiday be next?
How are you finding the changes? Annd have you changed do you think?
It's all very interesting (though I wish it wasn't happening!)