Guest post by Jade from Jade’s Blog
The lockdown was announced in my neck of the woods on a windy Wednesday evening on March 11. It started out as a regular day with no premonition of the challenging times coming our way. Phones were pinging non-stop with calls & messages about this new development.
Fast forward to today and it has been 70 odd days since the lockdown was first announced. Kuwait was one of the first countries to suspend commercial flights and shut down schools. We started out with a partial curfew but due to a continuous surge in cases, a complete lockdown was announced from May 10 to May 30.
I have the privilege of working from home and the first few days of the lockdown were spent making elaborate plans about all the goals I would achieve. And then it hit me, we are in the midst of a pandemic, not a sabbatical. These are unprecedented times and we are all finding ways to cope. On bad days, my anxiety is overwhelming and on good days, I bake brownies.
In my dreams, I find myself reprimanding people for not adhering to social distancing rules. I can’t read as much since I have difficulty focusing on things – a side-effect of having to deal with these uncertain times. But we are dealing with a pandemic in the age of incessant digital distractions, so there is some respite to be found in these trying times.
Ramadan looked very different this year. No gatherings, gabqas or iftar parties on our calendars. Seasons have changed while we’ve been held hostage by this virus. We went into lockdown in winter and are now inching closer towards 45-degree weather. I think of those people whose lives have been upended by this virus – by loss of lives, jobs or loved ones. I think of our frontline workers and those who are not as privileged.
How do you offer comfort when the world is in shambles?
I know it’s been said many times, but we are in this together. This is a global pandemic. It’s a long road ahead but there’s light at the end of the tunnel. There are things that bring me joy even during these trying times – birds chilling at my window, video calls with my friends, writing, trying my hand at cooking & baking.
Our lockdown ended on May 30 and has been replaced with a 12 hour partial curfew. Areas with high infection rates will continue to be on complete lockdown for 3 more weeks. The government has implemented a 5 stage process to get back to normal life. We are now moving into stage 1. I don’t know what the future holds but I’m hoping we are able to flatten the curve soon. Our social distancing days are far from over, but we will explore the great outdoors again, when it is safe to do so. We will have our parties, sleepovers and get-togethers. We will travel to distant lands and make friends out of strangers. We will live in a world where a virus isn’t holding us hostage.
About the author
Jade is a Digital Marketer based in Kuwait. She is a potterhead who enjoys reading, writing and smashing the patriarchy. She blogs about expat life, books and travel at Jade’s Blog. You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter.
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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