Life as we knew it changed a great deal with the pandemic. We humans, being an adaptable species, changed with it. Certain behaviours were reinforced while others were lost. For 5things Tuesday let us enumerate things we no longer do or do less frequently.
Wearing “proper” shoes.
With the lockdowns and work from home, most people have spent the past two years in their “house shoes”. I have spent all this time in flip-flops, trainers, and low heeled wedges. Walking and standing for long periods in my high heeled formal shoes is something I will have to learn to do again.
Meaningless Small Talk.
Although I am very comfortable chatting for hours on end with close friends, I am not very fond of polite small talk. Despite this, I used to be quite good at meaningless conversations in formal situations. This skill has grown rusty in the past two years. I can still do it but it gives me a headache.
Navigating quaint old fashioned markets.
I have always preferred old fashioned shops and markets. Modern shopping malls seem “characterless and soul less” to me. Yet poky little shops can’t come up to social distancing standards so I haven’t been to any in the past two years.
Enjoying street food.
Street food used to be part of my quaint bazaar shopping sprees. My city Lahore has some of the tastiest food stalls in the world. Sadly, these too have become taboo in the pandemic.
Swooping on bargains at end of season sales.
I used to be a great fan of “end of season” sales, hunting marked down items with an eagle eye. The “going out of business” and “everything must go” sales were my particular favourites. Although buying more stuff for less money was a big incentive, it was the thrill and excitement of swooping down on a bargain before anyone else did that was even more fun. This seems a thing of the past with socially distanced shopping.
I could go on and on with this rant but I don’t want to bore you.
How about you? What so called or actual skills have you lost during the Covid 19 pandemic.
Do let me know in my comments section or in a post of your own.