I was thinking about all of the impacts COVID has had on my life and others, and one of the things I ran across today as I was searching for a topic to write about is this phenomenon called COVID hermits. COVID hermits are those folks who have decided to continue the COVID lockdowns, despite it being lifted. They still have food delivered and left outside their door. They still stay in and continue life as it has been for the last two years.
I am stuck home predominantly because of my Dad. We need to watch him because he is unstable on his feet and can’t really do too much for himself anymore. He needs help dressing. He needs help getting up and down from his chair and he needs a walker to move around. But you know? I have become a COVID hermit too.
I get out, but not as much as I used to pre-COVID. I’ve adapted my life to this new lifestyle and actually enjoy it. I don’t need to eat out. I don’t need to shop that much. I don’t need to interact with others in person. I have always been a loner, other than hanging out with my family and close friends. I’ve never been a “clubber” or found myself feeling left out when I see my friends posting the clubs, parties, or other events they are participating in on social media. I enjoy a good movie, a good gaming session, a good book, writing, and listening to some good music. That’s really all I need.
Sometimes, I miss the social nature of hanging out with workmates at the local hangout, but now that I am retired and have moved back to my home state, the need to get out there just isn’t something that drives me anymore. I enjoy the solitude, the calm, and just doing my own thing.
The articles I have read about Covid hermits all seem to be on the negative side of things. I guess if you’re looking for clicks on your article, it makes sense. Many people click on articles that are negative, unique, horrific, and all the rest. Why do you think the news is so popular, even today? Bad news, sells.
Personally, I think people should do what makes them happy. If you are an introvert and would prefer a good book over a party, a good movie with some popcorn in the comfort of your home theater, rather than a normal theater–so be it. Enjoy it. There’s nothing wrong with continuing your COVID life now that you are used to it. There is also nothing wrong with folks getting out there like they used to pre-COVID.
Regardless, enjoy your life. Stop worrying about labels. If you enjoy clubbing, dancing, hanging out with your friends in person, go for it. If you’re like me and have learned how nice it is to just stay home, you can do that as well.
Well, folks, that’s it for today. I hope you have a great weekend and have an easy time of it on the last workday of the week. Here’s to a good book, a cup of coffee, and some relaxing music–paradise!
Until next time…