Adjusting to change is challenging. Be it sudden or gradual, unplanned, or planned, change is inevitable. Almost a year now, we’ve experienced an unprecedented shift. Even though society starts to show up again, there are still restrictions and we still face shifts in our way of life. 

The Way We Live Is Not The Same As Before 

  • Gloves and masks now are common and needed, depending on what country and community you live in.
  • Getting in the line is now the new normal. It might be going to the shops when visiting health professionals, or even getting in a lift.
  • Public transportation is not the same as before, with commuters wearing gloves and masks as well as social distancing in place.
  • We tend to be scared or take a double-look when someone coughs, sneezes, or sniffles. 
  • The holidays are spent in our backyards due to travel restrictions.
  • There are also changes in minor things that make up our community. No more community sports, no lingering over brunch with friends at the local cafe, and salons have closed. 
  • Sporting leagues have paused but carefully watching for a return. 

The Way We Study and Work Has Changed

  • As we all know, education has also changed. Universities and schools have moved online. In some schools, international students aren’t allowed and seminars will be paused. Also, international sabbaticals and collaborations are now very different from preceding years.
  • Work has also changed due to social distancing. There are lots of employees has shifted to working from home to lessen traveling on public transport and gathering in groups at the office. Zoom meetings have become their new normal. With restrictions easing, we may vigilantly rotate back into working at the office in shifts or embrace working from home on a more regular basis.

The Way We and Connect Socialise Looks Very Different

  • No more packing in large crowds because of social or physical distancing. Each person must be far from others in over a meter. Until now, there are still no museums, concerts, movies, plays, festivals, but hopefully, they are capable to go back soon. 
  • Not meeting with loved ones for the benefit of them and yours as well. Grandparents and elderly parents, new parents or pregnant friends, or persons with health conditions that might be vulnerable to COVID-19 must always be safe. In a time when it’s more important than ever to stay connected, this can be particularly challenging for all.
  • No visits from loved ones from overseas. Travel restrictions are still in place and not likely to lift for the probable future, families and loved ones are being kept apart and having to make do with online catch-ups.
  • Gone are the days of greeting extended relatives and friends with cheek-kisses, handshakes, and hugs. Friendly gestures are now replaced by foot-shakes, elbow bumps, or waves from a distance.
  • Some several cafes and restaurants might only be serving takeaways at the moment. On the other hand, even when they reopen for us to dine-in there will likely be restrictions around how many can dine-in. Still, social distancing will be in place and shared plates may disappear for quite some time.