Going Offline In A Post-Pandemic World

2021 will probably be another 2020

by Kellin Chew

Photo by Zach Betten on Unsplash

I am tired of the pandemic. It’s been a year, and travelling is still off the cards for me.

I believe many of us have tried taking a mental vacation — virtually—posting #throwbacks and organising our travel albums, wishing for the world to recover.

But as days go by, we realised that the virus is relentlessly living among us, and we did everything we could to keep everyone safe, including putting on masks, staying away from crowded places, practising safe-distancing, ordering groceries online, watching the latest movies at home, working from home, so on and so forth.

Is this what the astrologers said about humanity transitioning into the ‘Air Era’ and that the virus is a catalyst for change?

Even then, I still feel that we’re physically and emotionally stuck — for the rest of 2021. That EverGreen Vessel stuck in the Suez Canal recently was an omen for what is to come: 2021 will probably be another 2020.

In the meantime, I’m trying to stay offline as much as possible to remain hopeful and be present in the moment. Seriously?

I guess this is an experiment for me, a millennial who grew up with the internet and social media. My point is, the pandemic has, in a way, made us spent a lot more time on social media. For some, a platform to live out their everyday life on screen. It has become apparent to me that the pandemic has afforded me a certain privilege that some might not have: time.

I’ve gained an incredible amount of time to work on my craft and focus on personal growth. Not to toot my own horn, but I feel more productive and fitter than ever. And as with many things in life, growth takes time. Do I want to spend my time scrolling through social media? Nope.

I’m not saying I’ll never use social media again, but I’ve gained control over my usage. It is also interesting for me to figure out why I was using a lot of social media before the pandemic — the pace of life was much faster, productivity was akin to multi-tasking, and staying connected means hitting ‘like’ buttons.

And that was until the pandemic struck, forcing us to take a good look at our pre-virus lifestyle and to adapt to a new way of life.

I’ve upped my self-care game, and one of the things I do is staying offline from time to time. What about you?

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