It’s been 60 days since I stepped outside my home.
The government of India decided to extend the lockdown again and that too twice since I posted last detailing how life could look like post-corona.
Seems like we are slowly getting there. Maybe.
I have been home for 60 days and counting. Looking back, I realise that days are blending in together. I don’t remember what happened yesterday or the day before. In fact, I can only remember a couple of things in the last 2 months which are highlights – extreme sadness (when anxiety grapples me whenever I wonder how things would turn out) or extreme happiness which I found while being with my family.
Days passed by so quickly yet I feel this March has lasted two months.
I don’t understand the concept of time anymore.
Another thing I realised is how much we took freedom for granted. I miss the freedom to go outside without any fear of putting myself or my loved ones at risk. A trip to the grocery store is now stressful. You’re not permitted entry without masks and gloves which are sanitised at each entry, and that’s after you stood in line waiting for your turn while maintaining social distancing with others who also share the same pain as you.
All of this is important, I know. This is the ‘new normal’ as people say. Like many others, I have respected the government pleas to stay home. While our borders are sealed, the entire country has been in lockdown – from transportation to schools, pubs, restaurants, factories, offices, and shops barring the essentials. It’s been called lockdown 3.0 and I don’t know how many more increments are in store.
The statistics keep rising on a daily basis – the cases reported, the number of people recovered and deaths reported. It’s scary to know that behind these numbers, are real people who are loved.
On the bright side, there have been so many acts of kindness. Teachers have been supportive in ensuring students are motivated in lockdown, e-learning sites are offering free courses, the online community is thriving with people being there to support from consultations to books, to tips on how to master the skills they are good at. We are quarantined at our home but still connected!
The frontline workers deserve a standing ovation, a deep sense of gratitude, and more protective gear. They have been selflessly risking their lives in order to save ours.
This reminds me of an evening where the entire country, stood up in their balconies to clap for the frontline workers to show their gratitude. The entire street was echoing applause and ringing bells. That moment, even for a brief second – made us all feel that we aren’t alone. That we all are in it together, even if we still don’t know how to cope up in such a long lockdown.
We are trying to embrace the unfamiliar and the uncertain – in the hopes that things would go back to how it used to be. But would it be? It doesn’t seem like we are going back to normal. From now on, there will be a before and after. This isolation is changing us and our lifestyles. But we are still waiting for that one fine day when we would have conquered this to celebrate with our loved ones by our side….
…and that day would come soon. Till then, stay strong and safe.
With lots of love,
Quarantine Diaries is a blog series where bloggers from different countries share their quarantine stories to narrate their experiences and remind us that we all are in it together.
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