As people start to re-emerge from COVID sequestering, there seems to be a few experiences that are quite common. See if this matches your experience of the re-emergence phenomenon.
My View Of The Re-Emergence Phenomenon
Two examples of behavior I didn’t expect:
- Many people seem to need an outlet to express their ideas and thoughts. And without it, they get dammed up…waiting for the opportunity to be released.
- (This one was even more unexpected) People didn’t just explode back out into social activity. There was a caution about re-emerging. It was almost as if they needed to make sure it was safe before they re-emerged.
It started during the daily Zoom men’s fiber meet-ups. I noticed that a large number of guys (including me) who first started attending these meetings had a LOT of things to say. It was almost as if they had been storing up ideas and words that needed to be expressed. And the people they lived with weren’t sufficient for this task of purging.
My favorite example was at my dentist earlier this week.
She asked me how I had been throughout the pandemic. I noted that as a retired person, with opportunities to get out and exercise, it hadn’t been too difficult. Mostly I missed going out to restaurants.
She then went on for about 5 minutes about how all of her patients seemed to only want to talk and talk. Unlike before the lockdown, they told her they had all the time in the world. She didn’t need to rush with their dental work. After she finished describing all her patients’ need to express themselves, she told me about how when she went home, her husband wanted to talk with her and she just wanted to be left alone.
My lesson was that many of us need an outlet for expression. With my mouth full of dental tools and latex-covered fingers, I was glad to be my dentist’s outlet.
Fear of Re-Entry
Since being vaccinated, I’ve been out in the public some. The Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat was the first re-entry event. I’ve also recently been to a family re-union/birthday party. I’ve also gone out to a few restaurants. I’ve Been to my doctor for a postponed annual physical. And of course, I’ve been to my dentist for a postponed check-up and cleaning. I’ve even been to my grocery store and Costco without a mask.
None of these activities have been an exuberant re-entry experience. It all feels a bit weird and scary. I feel like a goldfish that was restricted to a goldfish bowl for over a year. And then when released into a bigger fish tank, I didn’t feel comfortable swimming outside the confines of the smaller fishbowl.
Don’t get me wrong. Each event was a joyous time (yes, Costco was joyous). But each one felt awkward and weird…if that makes any sense.
How is your re-entry going? Do you find yourself talking and talking and talking? Do you find yourself staying in when you could be out? Have you seen any other reactions to the re-emergence that I haven’t mentioned?
Love to hear your response.
Made some headway on the Old Shale Bouclé shawl. But not much.
I’m pretty sure this yarn is Fleece Artist, Mohair Boucle Yarn. Each cake is about 8 ounces or 230 grams, which doesn’t quite match up with any of their yarns exactly. I will still do a burn test and maybe even a bleach test to try and confirm the fiber content.