Life under a Covid19 quarantine feels tough as it affects almost every aspect of your life. From your mental health to your career and even your physical health, it affects everything. What feels scarier is that outside of your homes, a lot of people are currently struggling to survive on a daily basis. Most of us feel grateful that we get the chance to work from home and to buy the things we need. But how about the people who earn from day to day? They are the most affected ones in this covid19 quarantine. And being an empath, it breaks my heart every single time I see one.
The things you see in this COVID-19 quarantine
While walking around our area, I live in the Taft area just around DLSU, I see some homeless people attempting to survive on a daily basis. My heart shatters into pieces especially if I cannot give them anything to help them survive the day. Basically, I don’t carry around cash with me and I just transact using Gcash. So whenever I have extra, I buy extra food and give it to them. This is the time that I wish I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth or am filthy rich like Richie Rich. I could just buy a place for them and provide food and shelter for them for the time being.
Frankly, it irks me to hear bad news almost every single time we tune in on local news channels. Many private efforts surpass the efforts of our government and it seems it the people there fail to fear the people that elected them in that position. During this Covid19 quarantine, we saw how other government officials stepped up in their positions by doing their job and even more. However, some failed to show empathy and compassion to our fellowmen and ended up criticized by the people.
Another thing that I notice, our front-liners seem to work thrice as hard but get little appreciation. In other cases, they get abused, discriminated, and even shamed by the same people who elected these officials. Right now, I abhor the fact they the people who have the authority seem to lack empathy towards their constituents. Watching this happen over and over again becomes detrimental to one’s overall health.
It feels hard to trust anyone in this situation. That’s the tea.
About the grocery runs, I failed to acquire a quarantine pass since I haven’t gone to the barangay hall for so long. So to show my support to our farmers and other businesses out there, we just purchase online.
- We buy our fruits and vegetables from Orlando’s Des Legumes!
- Our meat comes from Consistent Frozen Solutions. You place your orders through their online shop. Before, it used to happen through their Facebook page.
- For other supplies that we need that fall out of schedule from the two businesses mentioned earlier, we get it from Hoe Shopping. Just message their page on Facebook and place your orders there, expect delivery within the day but no expectations on the time. In times like this, booking for Lalamove or Grab is extra hard.
How’s your mental health this covid19 quarantine?
Right now, a lot happened in various areas. People do their best in order to support farmers who struggle because of the community quarantine. The quarantine prevents them from earning more because of the lack of access to transportation and low sales. That saddens me as we are an agricultural nation yet we try so hard to be an industrial one.
Moving forward, this quarantine period challenges me on a continuous level. At one point, I was at my weakest during Holy Week. Usually, this is a mandatory period (I declared upon myself) that I go home to the province, catch up with relatives, and select friends. However, I wasn’t able to do anything because of the quarantine. I missed the annual tradition of joining Maria Jacobe on the Good Friday procession and catching up with my best friend, Celine, and my godson/s.
It put me in a position where I felt isolated and just could not breathe. Everything around me felt suffocating and I was just here staying in my flat with our dog wondering how things are back home. To be honest, I am extremely worried about my family back home. I did not push to go home because I could be an asymptomatic carrier and could infect them instead. That’s something I wish not to happen in any universe at all!
Right now, while writing this blog post I feel better. I just celebrated my 27th Solar Return on this world and it was pretty chill. Sam sent some food over and indeed, I am lucky. You can definitely say, I’m spoiled in some way!
How did I celebrate a quarantine birthday?
Celebrating a birthday during a COVID19 quarantine period feels different than the rest of the birthdays that I had before. As usual, just celebrated indoors. Sam sent over some food to me which made me feel a lot happier. He sang to me at midnight and also before the day ended. I swear he made it a lot extra and I’m grateful for him. Dakila even behaved well that day too.
To others who have been celebrating theirs indoors, I hope you had so much fun as I did. Surely, there will still be other birthdays to come! I just hope the government will do a better job, especially with its so-called special powers. Moving forward, the birthday was also pretty chill at work.
A number of packages arrived as well during that day. Our meat order arrived so the fridge filled up quickly. I received my fountain pen too, it’s Pilot Kakuno with a fine tip. My Parker pens are still there but I have a mood where I just scribble and I don’t want to waste their ink on that.
Last few things
Before I end this blog post, I would like to say that if you feel not doing anything during this period, that’s normal. Don’t pressure yourself just because you see other people posting their productivity on their social accounts. Just do what you feel like doing but please make sure it’s not illegal. Okay?
Also, remember to ask yourself if you feel good to do some activities. Don’t be too hard on yourself.