So, this is the inevitable pandemic reaction post…
No, I’m not going to remind you of proper hand washing technique, or overwhelm you with science (I’m a big fan of science, which is why I leave it to professionals).
I’m here to celebrate social distancing and spending time alone.
Yes, the choice of words is deliberate: we Finns are culturally predisposed to needing some alone time every now and then, and social awkwardness (e.g. strong distaste for small talk) is more the norm than an exception.
Thus, even though the country is not in lockdown (not yet, anyway), anyone who can is working from home and avoiding social contacts. With gusto.
OK, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But the stereotypical Finn is an introvert (except in summer) who does anything to avoid interacting with other people. Like the character in this book I found in my bookcase.
So, what about me?
Yes, I’m an introvert (though it may come as a surprise to many people), and I need a lot of time on my own. Yet, my work is very social and requires me to interact with (and talk to) a lot of people. It can be exhausting at times, and I have been looking forward to a bit more peace and quiet after a hectic period at work.
As a freelancer, my working hours vary, depending on the time of the year (= either there is too much work or not enough), and it’s a slow period on the work front at the moment. I was going to focus on personal projects this month anyway, even before the pandemic made us all social recluses.
Besides, it’s not like I’ve barricaded myself into my home. I still go out when I need to (grocery shopping, a few errands, going for a walk). But I haven’t seen any of my friends (and I love my friends), and I haven’t been out shopping for spring clothes. I’m sure I will start missing this (my friends and shopping, that is) eventually.
But for now, I’m making the most of the (bad) situation, as it is. I choose to see the recommended social distancing as a socially acceptable way of indulging my secret desire to just be left alone for a while.
And yes, in case you’re wondering, I understand that loneliness is a severe problem for a lot of people who have not chosen to be alone, or who are self isolating because they’ve been exposed to the virus or are ill.
And how am I going to spend my alone time?
Well, my wardrobe needs a spring cleaning. The laundry needs doing, and the windows need washing (what a pity it’s too cold to wash windows…not really).
And I’ve been wishing I had time to read more. Or at least sort out the books that keep piling up in my bookcase…
Now would also be a good time to continue my German language studies, so that next time we visit the in-laws I could actually say something…
I also plan to continue my on-off KonMari project (you’ll get an update in a week or two), or start writing that novel I’ve always wanted to write (don’t hold your breath).
The only downside at the moment is that my husband, Professor M, is in Scotland, and I don’t know when he’ll be able to get back here. I miss him already. But not enough (yet) to start Skyping. Or FaceTiming.
Come on, I even hate speaking to people on the phone! With me, it’s either face-to-face or texting, DMs, WhatsApp etc (anything in writing, to be dealt with at my convenience). But who knows, maybe, in time, I will need to learn new ways of being (a bit) more social…
Details (all old):
cardigan: Johnstons Cashmere / top: Custo Barcelona / trousers: PBO /
mug: “Taika” by Klaus Haapaniemi for Iittala /
book: “Finnish Nightmares” by Karoliina Korhonen (also a webcomic)
Have you been practicing social distancing or self isolation?
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