I don’t think I can stand another day of self isolation. I’m about ready to jump out of my skin. Until this virus hit, I didn’t realize how much of a social person I am. I am finding I miss human contact. I stay in touch with people by phone, but I find that it’s not as satisfying as being able to see the person’s expressions when you say something. I know there is Skype and Facetime but it’s still not the same. There is an intrinsic something that face to face contact brings that I just can’t explain.
I miss the simple expression of hugging someone. I don’t think people realize what all is involved in a simple hug of friendship. A hug does and says so many things. A hug can say I’ve missed you, or it can offer sympathy if you are feeling sad. The act of hugging and not saying anything can offer more than words can express at times.
Along with hugging, I miss the “smell” of people. I’m not talking about those smells that scrunch up your nose, I’m talking about those smells that make you smile. Have you ever said to yourself, “that smell reminds me of……?” That’s the kind of smell I’m talking about. When you get a whiff of a perfume that reminds you of your grandmother or that cologne that reminds you of what your dad smells like. You may not realize that you think of smells associated with people, but you do.
I think as a whole, people are social creatures. There are but a few people that can survive happily alone. I am not one of them. In the scheme of things, this self quarantine is only a “few days” but it feels like an eternity already. I don’t even get social contact at the grocery store because I have my groceries delivered.
I wonder if this social isolation will effect the way we communicate in the future. Once this self quarantine is over, will we still be socially distancing from other people? Will we be conditioned not to hug freely or shake hands? Is that kind of response from this pandemic a good or bad thing? I wonder.