The difference between being isolated by choice and by force
March 18, 2020
Many people are socially more isolated these days due to coronavirus. I’m no exception.
Is it easier for me because I’m an introvert and used to be alone most of the time? Yes and no. At first, I thought it’ll be pretty much the same. But it’s not. I finished exhausting psychotherapy recently and I was craving some alone time badly. But now I’m craving human contact as badly as I was craving being alone. Just at the right time, when we were told to stay away from each other as much as possible.
I’m not surprised at all. It’s the way our minds work. We tend to wish for what we can’t have, many times. Sounds familiar?
Thankfully, we have quite good technology that connects us to our loved ones when they’re not around. They’re always just a click or a phone call away. And we have the whole internet full of people to socialize as much as we want to.
This is all great, but nothing can replace human touch and physical presence. It just makes a difficult time a bit easier.
Here and now is all we have and it’s up to us to make the best out of it. Accepting this is not nearly as easy as it might sound. But it’s better than wishing and craving for something more than it’s available at the moment. Some dreaming is good though.
What about you, how do you cope with being isolated a bit more than usual?