Lockdown diary: The small things in life have become so valuable

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Cher Petersen. (PHOTO: Supplied)
Cher Petersen. (PHOTO: Supplied)

I almost don’t remember what it’s like to have a normal conversation. It’s now become quick and superficial interactions on social media and that’s about it.

A like here, a DM there, a meme today or a selfie tomorrow – all of it precious and all of it so needed to fill my need for interaction.

I’m an incredibly social person and lockdown has been a bit of a challenge. Long gone are the days of a quick beer and tequila with friends after work or the fun chats over coffee with colleagues at the office.

But it’s also taught me to enjoy and cherish the small things. Like listening to the birds chirp while the sun comes up, or the video calls with people I’d normally see in person. Just knowing that the people I love and care for are safe, healthy and well-fed has become a lifeline for me.

Waking up to a morning text from my mom has become one of my favourite things to wake up to. Or the warm cappuccino I have before I sit down to work.

It’s unfathomable that hugs and cheek kisses are no longer a thing. We’ve left behind the packed dancefloors and late-night shenanigans in favour of a safer coronavirus-free life.

Although I know it’s tough for myself and so many others, I’ve come to accept that we must embrace the small victories and joys that come with the simplest gestures. From a simple wave from a neighbour as we all isolate on our own, or taking the dog for a quick walk, the small things now accumulate to bring immeasurable joy.

Our new normal might be a tough pill to swallow, but for the greater good of my community and fellow humans, I’ll continue to make peace with being on my own – and finding joy in the small things.

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