It’s too much. I agree.
Those 4 walls. Or 20 walls or 100. Doesn’t matter, I want out. We all want out.
If somebody asked us “Would you like to stay home for 3 months and chill or just be flexible and work from home?” like half a year ago, most of us would be very excited to accept this irresistible offer. Okay, I agree the offer conveniently doesn’t mention stay home and don’t go anywhere else in rather unsettling conditions, but some people would still hop at the chance.
Most of us would agree for sure if it was for a few days or a week. We all need a break sometimes. From the business, from people.
But give us too long of a break and too much of ourselves and we freak out.
Most of us are completely not used to being by themselves. It almost feels unnatural. I agree we are part of a society and this is the way for us to function normally. For life to keep going on, at least 2 humans are needed. But making others a part of each and every aspect of your life is a recipe for, as we learned the hard way, failure.
Situations like this make us see that, after all, it’s not a bad skill to know how to be all on your own. As would be necessary every now and then.
Times are changing and our heads are buzzing with thoughts, analyses, mental notes and external stimuli. It would be kind of impossible to worry if you’ve turned the iron off in the times iron wasn’t a thing. It would be far from your thoughts to try to estimate whether 64 is a good number of likes in the pre-Facebook era. It wouldn’t be on your mind to spend hours watching inspirational (or stupid) videos on Youtube when this simply wasn’t an option.
And, hold on in there, I’m not saying these things are bad. They are part of our life right now and to a certain extent, a part of who we are.
So it is not about we allow those things or not. It is the extent we allow them up to.
Straying home has challenged us to live in a very stumilii-less environment. And this is not something we are used to. The discomfort arrives instantly. Something is missing, but do we know what? One more video, one more episode, 20 min more of scrolling, maybe more of the news?
Hearing our own thoughts and questions can be painful at times. Is distraction the answer?
I can’t deny it could be. But only a short-term solution. Cause you take yourself everywhere you go and in everything you do. Sooner or later, stuff comes out. And then you can’t play it distracted.
As usual, balance is the key. Too much of nothing, and you’d go crazy. Too much of everything, and you’d go crazy. But learning to be by yourself and to be okay with yourself would also improve the times you are not by yourself.
Staying home and dreaming to be elsewhere all the time is not the best thing you could do. You will go out eventually, don’t worry.
And now, why don’t you go take a look at the rooms you usually avoid to? Who knows what hidden treasures you may find there.