A few years back I read about a study on how much our personalities change each decade of our lives. The purpose of the study was to show how bad we were at knowing we’d change a lot in the next 10 years, but I took great comfort in realising that who I was isn’t who I am now, and that I don’t yet know who I will be.
The reason why I bring this up now is because it’s been at least 10 years since March 2020 (or at least it feels like it), and we’ve been presented with an opportunity few will ever have: we get to completely reinvent ourselves, if we choose, without first having to fake our own deaths or move continents.
How many times in history have people been forced to hide from most of society for months at a time, and be able to emerge from their chrysalis without the added complication of a criminal record?
So, with lockdown lifting on Thursday, we still have a few days to work out who we’re going to be before our debut back into society. Let’s treasure this opportunity and see it for what it could be.
Sure, it could be inconvenient that none of our clothes fit properly any more due to comfort eating/over-exercising. Instead, let’s see this as an opportunity to embrace our new post-pandemic style.
I’m thinking of getting super into Hawaiian shirts and loud, patterned shorts. You may prefer to go for ballgowns or cat jumpers. We’ve just had two years of trackie dacks; there are no style rules any more, so let’s make new ones that suit us.
Yes, it’s sad that we’ve grown apart from some of our friends and family, being separated by lockdowns and travel restrictions can do that. So, what kind of friends do you want to make now? Where do you want to go to meet these people?
I’m thinking of getting back into the live music scene after I get past my new-found distaste for crowded places, as well as starting a TV-watching club (similar to a book club, but with more popcorn). Maybe you’ll want to lean into your new love of cycling, or take up cake sculpture engineering on a grand scale and try out for one of the streaming shows you’ve been binging. Maybe you’ll finally have the courage to start that stand-up comedy career.