Quarantine has made me a better friend

What a strange time we’re all living in. It’s been three weeks since Boris came to our screens to deliver the weird, dystopian-like announcement that the UK would be going into ‘Lockdown’.

All our lives have changed dramatically ever since, but we’re slowly getting used to life at home; working remotely, home schooling or adapting to life as a key worker and playing a crucial part in keeping the country running.

We’re missing the little things, a hug from a loved one, nipping out for a coffee or going to your local pub for a Sunday roast. But if the past three weeks have taught me anything, it’s how to be a better friend.

In the fast-paced world that we live in, it’s very rare we take the opportunity to sit and appreciate the little things; but quarantine has done just that. We’re becoming more aware of the amazing people we have around us, and making more effort to stay connected than ever before.

Thanks to the wonders of modern technology – even though we can’t be with our loved ones – we’re only a Zoom, Houseparty or FaceTime call away. Weekends are full of catching up with friends, both old and new. Creating quizzes, chatting and just generally being there for one another.

Weekdays are spent messaging friends, checking in and making sure they’re doing okay, asking what they’ve been doing with their new-found downtime. Tagging them in funny Tiger King memes, silly down-your-drink challenges and the latest TikTok dances.

We’ve even come together as a community; helping elderly neighbours you’d never usually talk to, smiling and saying hello to those you pass during your government sanctioned daily exercise and coming together at 8pm every Thursday to show appreciation to all of those who are working tirelessly to help us all during this ‘unprecedented’ time.

As someone who – pre-lockdown – was terrible at replying to messages, or ‘too busy’ to check in with friends to ask how they’re doing; this strange time has definitely changed my ways.

It looks like we’re heading towards a few more weeks of staying safely at home, but I hope that when this crazy time is all over and done, people will look at the world differently. I’ll never take a coffee catch up with friends, a good night out or even the beauty of a drive thru maccies for granted ever again.

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