Thoughts on Lockdown: The Novelty Wears Off

A note: Starting April 6 and moving into the foreseeable future, I’m going to be sharing my thoughts on lockdown — along with a random photo from more carefree days. Thanks for joining me on this journey.

netherlands tulips

Obviously the pandemic was never cool. But it is a once-in-a-lifetime event. We’ve never been here before. School has never been shut down across the world. Flights have never just … stopped. Masks and latex gloves are new additions to most outfits.

In a few words: This whole thing is just really freaking weird.

When the world started to shut down in mid- to late March, people seemed to take things in stride. It shook up our daily routines and was actually sort of … interesting.

Social distancing? That’s new, but sure!

No school and work from home? Count us in!

Everything is cancelled? Okay, that’s a bummer, but at least we don’t have FOMO.

But as hours turned into days turned into weeks, anything “cool” about this pandemic has officially worn off. What was, not so very long ago, a good excuse to embrace our inner introvert now has us feeling stir crazy and claustrophobic. A few weeks ago, this was a good chance to tackle those home improvement projects and binge watch TV shows, but now our closets are organized, we’ve watched everything, and — well, we’re just really tired of feeling depressed, unmotivated, and not wanting to do a damn thing.

This pandemic has grated every last nerve. It is incredibly exhausting to feel every single emotion and not have any good way to deal with any of them.

And honestly, we just want to give our friends and neighbors and colleagues a hug.

I am not at all surprised that I’m seeing more people gathering in small groups even when they shouldn’t be. I’m not shocked if anyone isolated with anyone else is ready to pack it in — or that anyone living alone would be willing to move in with anyone else, just to have another human within reach. And if we have to spend one more month — make that one more week, or even one more day — suffocating under a face mask, well, that’s the last straw.

We. Just. Can’t. Take. It. Anymore. 

Yes, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. We’ve been there and done that. We took the selfie and had the obligatory Zoom call.

But we’re over it. The novelty has officially worn off.

About this photo:

Four years ago we took off for our Spring Break holiday in The Netherlands and Belgium that we dubbed Flower Frenzy & Beer Bash. Our week was packed with incredible moments: eating French fries in Bruges, falling in love with The Hague, spotting invaders on street corners. And, of course, seeing the famous tulip fields for which Holland is known. There were so many people at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens when we went, but we managed to shake them off and found our own quiet, beautiful corner.

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2 Responses to “Thoughts on Lockdown: The Novelty Wears Off”

  1. Jill

    Can’t help but notice your last line in the Photo description….”There were so many people at the Keukenhof Tulip Gardens when we went, but we managed to shake them off and found our own quiet, beautiful corner.” Ironic much?? I’ll bet the gardens are quiet & empty this year……

    • JoAnna

      Very quiet and empty this year. However, all signs point to the fact that traveler behavior and expectations are going to change drastically coming out of this, and there will be new norms and guidelines regarding maintaining space for people. I think that, alone, will help alleviate overcrowding to a certain extent.


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