FPQ87: Pandemic Pondering


Today Fandango provocatively asks…

Having been subjected to stay at home restrictions (to one degree or another) over the past six months, would you say that the quarantine has made you a better person? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?

Yes, I do think it has made me a better person regarding doing things for others. In the past, I viewed dangers as something only to worry about for myself (and immediate family), but now I think more about the wider implications of my actions. Let’s take mask wearing. I hate wearing a mask. Just gonna say it straight up. I find them super uncomfortable and annoying. In the past, I might have worn one to protect myself, but now I wear one for that reason and also because I don’t want to infect others, should I catch The Thing and not be symptomatic for a few days or so.

I’ve also learned that I’m not as much of a loner as I thought. While I have a higher tolerance for loneliness than most people I know, it’s not infinite. After a while, I really crave in-person conversation. And zooming is not a good substitute for me. It’s okay for playing games at times, but it doesn’t make me feel I’ve been with people. Kinda like cybersex back in the day…

Perhaps it’s made me a worse person too though, in that I have less tolerance for some beliefs. Or maybe that’s better! I used to be pretty accepting of quirky ideas, but now I’m not. But maybe it’s time I quit thinking that every lunatic notion is “interesting.” We’ll leave it at that.


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12 responses to “FPQ87: Pandemic Pondering

  1. This has shown us another side of our personality.

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  2. I hate wearing a mask, too, but I do it for my own safety as well as for the safety of those i come in contact with.

    Now about cybersex…. 😂

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  3. I have never Zoomed with anybody and I don’t miss it, but I am a pretty strange person.

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  4. Zoom is a curse word! The wearing of the mask is really the only thing that’s changed for me.
    I was a total hermit before the Kootie🤷🏼‍♀️
    I’ve been very lucky to not have to alter my life completely.

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  5. I’m not really a phone person, but I have one co-worker who feels easy to call, easy to talk to, so I do call. I enjoy mixing chat up with phone calls and the occasional Team (what we use) meeting. We’re in our second lockdown and struggling to contain the flare-up (those darned college kids!) (seriously, I’m not that mad at them; we’re all past our “best by” date now) and this time round, although I’ve got a good home office routine going, I really do like the escape (!!!) to the physical office and all the random hellos and convos.

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