【オーストラリア生活】My thoughts on the self-isolation

The Australian government succeeded at keeping Coronavirus under control and we’ve had only about 10 new confirmed cases per day lately.
Toshi’s kindergarten will start full-time again next Monday which is quicker than the state’s original plan.
It is a little strange to go back to normal life but I feel I can adjust to it quickly.

During the self-isolated time, I became comfortable and lazy quite quickly.

Although, the first two weeks of quarantine were such a struggle. My thoughts became pessimistic and I started to imagine that the situation would last forever. Many things that I used to take for granted were gone. I really wondered why I had even come to Australia. My kids were not going to kindergarten or daycare and my husband was working from home. I wasn’t there mentally.

Now, after the third week, the quarantine has become the new normal and I have somehow just accepted everything that has happened. Although I am a person who enjoys going out, I don’t have any issues with this self-quarantine and I have even started to find it rather comfortable. I have found peace being with just family. That I have become normalized is the most disturbing thing for me as it is not a situation anyone should be OK with. Why am I not more defensive?

Thinking about the future, I can’t visualize what life’s gonna be like after this pandemic. I don’t know if people are gonna hug and embrace each other again or is social distancing gonna become the new norm. Finally being able to meet others in person is very exciting but the uncertainty of the post-Corona world is alarming and scary.

If you are blessed enough to have a support system and have been able to keep yourself productive, I think this isolation is a little like meditation. You’re bound to have some self-improvement as there is nothing to do but be with yourself. This is definitely a benefit and exposes many aspects of ourselves that have been hidden until now. Lots of people are finding out what they are really like and are not happy. They are unhappy with their lifestyle before Corona came and want to make changes from now.

Not only the outlook on the government but, people’s outlook on life will be forever changed because of this crisis. It happened so very quickly. In a blink of an eye, everything changed. There are no rules to it and the Coronavirus doesn’t care about our expectations or what is fair. When everything first started happening I just couldn’t get my head around it. We just had to accept it and hope it will come to pass.

Now, hopefully, life will start to get back to normal here in Australia. I am very lucky and I am extremely grateful that I could endure the Coronavirus safely and without many difficulties. At the same time, I have already started to take things for granted again. At the end of the day, you forget things easily!