Opinion piece by Rhianna Amos – Sales Agent at Wilsons Warrnambool & District Real Estate.
I preface this article with it being just a general overview, not a qualified insight.
After asking this question to a lot of friends and family, there was certainly a mixed response.
Some loved every minute of soaking up family time, achieving things that have been on their to-do lists for ages around the house and not feeling overwhelmed by the busyness of ‘normal’ life. Puzzles seemed to find their way back into our worlds and teddy bears in windows created some delight in young kids going on a bear hunt in the neighbourhood. It gave them time to think about their priorities, organise their lives and create new memories that potentially wouldn’t have happened without the restrictions being in place.
Others struggled, really struggled. The four walls of their home became the enemy and not being able to see their family and friends really took a toll. For some, the restrictions felt like torture, or a form of punishment for something they did not do. For those that socialise regularly, not being able to go for Sunday brunch or Friday night knock off drinks hit hard. Each and everyday was the same monotonous “Groundhog Day”.
Both of these reactions are in my, unqualified, opinion, totally ok.
The catch phrase doing the rounds ‘we’re all in this together’ made sense to some but not others.
We live in a society where everyone is different. We look at things differently, feel things differently and act on things differently. Reacting differently to the current pandemic was always going to happen. There is not a right or wrong way to react (unless your reaction is against the law).
The important thing to take from this is to appreciate what you have. Appreciate every moment in life. Acknowledge and respect that everyone reacts differently and support each other through that. It’s been tough – even for the strongest of people. Pat yourself on the back for however you chose to deal with the restrictions, because you deserve that pat!
– Rhianna Amos