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2021-03-09 9:40:44 PM  
Tell me about it. This was literally the last night I had a normal life. It's one year to the day I started experiencing COVID symptoms.
 
2021-03-10 3:45:51 AM  
Im so sorry that all the extreme extroverts in the world were forced to become introverts and had to try things outside their comfort zone for so long, while not seeing the irony the size of texas hitting them in the face that they hate doing things they dont like (but never stop trying to force their introvert friends to do things they didnt want to)


It was the year of the introvert, and we all managed to handle it perfectly fine
 
2021-03-10 4:13:52 AM  
I'm not grieving those days. I spent them trying to warn the people around me in rural BC what was about to happen. I got harassed so badly foy my trouble my pre-existing PTSD became unmanageable,  and as off this week I am officially on long term disability.

My big takeaway of the last 12 months is that I really loathe people, by and large.
 
2021-03-10 5:02:42 AM  
I had a job working with the kids at a UMC in the evenings and weekends, doing youth group and choir.  It was a high point in my life when my day job was literal hell.  I was all prepped to go in and sing with the kids when the news hit and the church shut down.  I miss my church kids more than anything.
 
2021-03-10 8:04:02 AM  
Or, as most of us call it, the Before Times.
 
2021-03-10 8:07:05 AM  
wait...we're back to grieving the last few days of the Obama administration?
 
2021-03-10 9:09:13 AM  
It's difficult for me to grieve the normalcy of the pre-pandemic world, because it's that very normalcy that resulted in the pandemic in the first place.  By and large, our attitude toward the environment, that it's there to serve us, made this pandemic inevitable.  As horrible as it's been, we should consider ourselves lucky that the fatality rate is as low as it is because the next pandemic may be far, far worse.  Think HIV, another virus that jumped species, which still has a fatality rate of 100% without the lifelong regimen of antiviral drugs, and which has no vaccine.

And there will be another pandemic if our only desire is normalcy, if we don't learn the lessons from COVID.
 
2021-03-10 10:05:58 AM  

lifeslammer: Im so sorry that all the extreme extroverts in the world were forced to become introverts and had to try things outside their comfort zone for so long, while not seeing the irony the size of texas hitting them in the face that they hate doing things they dont like (but never stop trying to force their introvert friends to do things they didnt want to)


It was the year of the introvert, and we all managed to handle it perfectly fine


Your post reads so angry and sad I hope you get the help you need.
 
2021-03-10 10:11:10 AM  

lifeslammer: Im so sorry that all the extreme extroverts in the world were forced to become introverts and had to try things outside their comfort zone for so long, while not seeing the irony the size of texas hitting them in the face that they hate doing things they dont like (but never stop trying to force their introvert friends to do things they didnt want to)


It was the year of the introvert, and we all managed to handle it perfectly fine


Mentally, this last year should have been devastating for me. I've been down the road of depression and anxiety before, and a pandemic promised to just be tons of fun because in addition to the usual, I'm a hypochondriac. By all rights I should have spent the entire year under the bed. It would not have been out of character for me. Instead, it taught me that I was more flexible, more adaptable and better situated to handle a crisis than I thought I was, which, on balance, gave me (a bit) more confidence than I had at the beginning.

Bear in mind that I'm framing this as a small personal victory; this past year has still been shiat and there's really no redeeming it. I ache for every loved one who has lost someone to this disease, and my God, there are so many. My social media feeds, necessary in my profession, have been a river of agony. And it really hit the fan. This pandemic exacerbated every negative symptom of our late-stage society, from its burgeoning fascism to its rampant inequities. Not many illusions left, except one - maybe I can handle it after all.
 
2021-03-10 10:19:13 AM  
Extrovert like typing detected.

Meanwhile, introverts are facing the impending horror of being expected to get the vaccine and interact with people again.

/I  still haven't gotten over grieving November 2016.
 
2021-03-10 10:26:34 AM  

Laobaojun: Extrovert like typing detected.

Meanwhile, introverts are facing the impending horror of being expected to get the vaccine and interact with people again.

/I  still haven't gotten over grieving November 2016.


Yes, when I think of the last year, with my neighbors dying, my friends with young children getting their cancer diagnosed too late because the hospitals had to stop doing preventative care, and my sister dying alone, what I'm really sad about is that I can't casually join a neighborhood soccer league.
 
2021-03-10 10:41:45 AM  
Geez my kid was born Feb 10 and I remember being freaked out to walk through the hospital lobby on my way to get some food. By March 10 the stores were bare of anything helpful already. Think it would have to be January for "normalcy"
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2021-03-10 10:51:47 AM  
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2021-03-10 12:32:49 PM  
I don't miss President Toddler
 
2021-03-10 1:08:46 PM  

gamergirl23: Laobaojun: Extrovert like typing detected.

Meanwhile, introverts are facing the impending horror of being expected to get the vaccine and interact with people again.

/I  still haven't gotten over grieving November 2016.

Yes, when I think of the last year, with my neighbors dying, my friends with young children getting their cancer diagnosed too late because the hospitals had to stop doing preventative care, and my sister dying alone, what I'm really sad about is that I can't casually join a neighborhood soccer league.


You can both be right. As an introvert, this year has been just fine for me. I feel bad for those around me, but then I remind myself that they're now living in a world that makes them unhappy and uncomfortable - just like I've done for 40 of my 41 years on this planet, so I say, "meh."

None of that makes the deaths or stress any easier, and I do miss my friends and family. In that sense, I miss the before-times.

It's ok to feel both. Not everything has to be two sides.
 
2021-03-10 6:17:21 PM  
What normalcy? After three years of He Who Must Not Be Named (HWMNBN)?

Nothing will ever be normal again, and the last time it was was in early 2016 or late 2015. My Father was still alive and warning me not to say things about HWMNBN for fear of consequences, which I found funny seeing as I am not famous, rich or stupid enough to come to HWMNBN's attention or acknowledgement.

That abbreviation, by the way is totally useless. It's as hard to type as the full words.
 
2021-03-10 6:20:20 PM  
Abbreviations don't work. We need a proper acronym for T-Rump. Such as Rot or Bull or Lies! like Frau Farbinger shouts it.

BULL could stand for Big Useless Lying Liar (who lies).

ROT could stand for Ridiculous Old Trump.

I won't bother with Lies! It's obvious who you mean without an acronym.
 
2021-03-10 6:21:35 PM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: [Fark user image 540x832]


Given a couple of comfie chairs, introverts can spend many enjoyable hours being together separately.
 
2021-03-10 9:36:18 PM  

Uranus: wait...we're back to grieving the last few days of the Obama administration?


I spent four years doing that. Glad we can finally move on.
 
2021-03-10 11:24:33 PM  
Nothing wrong with grieving the old days of relative freedom.

Everything wrong with resigning ourselves to having to live forever in this absurd "new normal" pathological totalitarianism.

All we have to is turn off the media, take off our masks, and refuse to live in fear.
 
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