The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on our lives, changing many things that we once took for granted. While some aspects of life have returned to normal, there are still many things that remain different. Here are 10 things that people say changed due to COVID-19, but still haven’t returned to normal.
Sense of Time
“Sense of time is screwed up. It’s like I skipped three years of my life.”
“I went from being pretty close to approximating when a past event happened to having no clue now. “That happened last year… no wait, six years ago? Whatever.” Time got wibbly wobbly.”
“My social battery. I don’t know what happened – I was literally going to a music festival once every 2-3 months, multiple music shows, hanging out with friends and going out camping, partying, etc. Now, me and my wife just kind of sit at home and maybe go out to a park or do some hiking and every once in a while go out to a board game night. We went to a couple music shows and I just felt like what am I doing here, I’d rather be on the couch. But then when I am home, I feel guilty like I should be out “enjoying life” – but have no motivation or I guess pull to do anything.”
“House prices seem like they’ll be forever unattainable now.”
Direct Delivery from Restaurants
“Direct delivery from restaurants. Everything is now being funnelled through DoorDash, Uber Eats, etc. I just wanna call the Chinese place and order delivery at a normal price, like the old days.”
Short Attention Spans
“I’m a public high school teacher, and students’ attention spans are still very short relative to before.”
24 Hour Stores
“24 hour Walmart. I’ve worked nights for years and Walmart at 3am is no longer an option, at least nowhere near my house.
“There was a wonderful hobby shop in the town I live in. Sold RC vehicles, high quality model kits, supplies, model train stuff. It was run by the nicest guy and some of his friends. It’s gone now. Makes me really sad. I bought all my hobby stuff from him. Now I have to either drive 2 hours if I want to buy from a “locally owned” store, or I need to buy from online.”
24 Hour Stores and Restaurants
“24 hour stores and restaurants. There are probably way less than half as there used to be.”
“Cool hobbies that people picked up got left behind due to people going back to the “normal life” of working and working and working and traffic.”
“My business of 17 years. I’m still working on getting over it. I had no idea that I would grieve it.”
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