Quarantine Quandaries

amelia phoenix desertsong

As I write this in July 2020, I’ve been working from home for the better part of seven years now. There are times I’ve gone out in the field and had to look cute. But, for the most part, I’ve become a master of bumming and slumming it. 

But, for many of us who are used to going out in public everyday, the quarantines forced on so many of us have thrown us for so many loops. Sure, some of us have continued to put on our faces and still made an effort to slay from our bedrooms and backyards. Yet, the case is much different for all of us. 

The lack of intimate human contact outside our own households is a maddening thing. It even gets to dedicated homebodies like myself. Even when we do go out for one necessity or another, people are strange and tentative for the most part. They fear falling ill to the most contagious virus we’ve ever seen. 

But, even more so, there’s a constant fear of becoming one of the many asymptomatic carriers of this insidious bug and bringing it home to infect our loved ones. I’ll admit. I haven’t left the house in three months. I’m that paranoid, plus I have chronic lung issues. I’ve actually fallen pretty sick a couple of times recently. Yet, I don’t know if they were just serious bouts of psycho-symptomatic depression/anxiety or true bugs. 

I’ve watched many girls out there who totally gave up their normal routine. Guys, too. Many of them aren’t bothering to keep up appearances. I know I haven’t been making much, if any, effort. I wasn’t even showering daily, as much as I feel ashamed to admit that. But, that was out of fear of running out of hygiene supplies and toiletries. That was a justified fear and actually a reality for some time. 

I salute the people on the outside who are still having to face the world as it is. I have many family and friends that are. Some try desperately to keep up appearances, which was next to impossible for a while without most beauty and hair services being able to open. In fact, I believe it’s many times harder for those who have no choice but to brave the elements than it is for us in quarantine, heavily self-imposed or not. 

I’d really like to hear your quarantine stories. Better yet, I’d love to hear your stories if you’ve been deemed essential even during this crisis! It’s funny because part of me wishes I were in an essential role somewhere, even if it’s just to remind everyone out there they are awesome and truly brave even if they don’t think so. 

And for those of us who are losing our minds in quarantine as the world continues to crumble around us for reasons that go even beyond the virus – more on that later – remember you are always loved and never alone thanks to our wonderful internet. If you feel unloved and alone, remember this: I love you and God loves you. 

If you need a friend, just let me know 🙂

I mean a friend-friend, not a get freaky friend. You know who you are :p

Take care, y’all. We’ll get through this.

Love,  Amelia <3

Writing words, spreading love, Amelia Desertsong primarily writes creative nonfiction articles, as well as dabbling in baseball, Pokemon, Magic the Gathering, and whatever else tickles her fancy.

6 thoughts on “Quarantine Quandaries

  1. Such an interesting post to read about how other people are finding quarantine!

      1. To be honest, as an introvert who has full access to the countryside this is not problematic in the slightest. I’m quite enjoying it really, as grim as it sounds…

        I appreciate that not everyone’s the same though, so it’s not easy for everyone

        1. You’re so lucky! I want to go back out to the country myself! I spent a lot of time in the relative wilderness of Colorado for the better part of a year 🙂 inconvenient for many things, but beautiful!

  2. There are some parts that I have loved, more time to do things, appreciating the outdoors and time to think. But also the longer I spend at home with limited social contact is bad for my mental health, I am starting to worry about going back to normal too and the fear of going back to work. It is a unique situation but hopefully there are positives on the other side.

    1. Yeah, you gotta focus on the potential positives, for sure 😀

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