Love thy Neighbour..or at least know them!!

The pandemic has affected different people in different ways.. but for most of us, I can say with some confidence , that it has made us homebodies. We have realized there’s a certain joy in working from home dressed in our old, worn out tee and PJs and we ain’t getting out of them any time soon…move over Gucci, Versace…the new fashion trend is here to S-L-A-Y πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

There was a time when home was where we returned to at night, after a hectic day at work, to sleep at night. Or the place where we spent our lazy weekends, just resting, rejuvenating. Charging up our batteries for the crazy work week ahead. The time when Monday blues was indeed a real thing..a real feeling. Thanks to Covid, the home is now our safety net. Our fortress that ensures the enemy stays outdoors (mostly). Initially, like many of you, I struggled to cope with this huge change in my life and daily routine. Always staying indoors. Getting used to living 24/7 in this confined space took a while. But now, a year later, there’s no place I’d rather be. ❀️🏠

These days, the very thought of going out, getting out of my PJs and looking at the wardrobe trying to remember all the clothing (heaps of it) I own itself is tiring. I do enjoy the walks in the terrace and the occasional grocery shopping (rest is all ordered online), but for the most parts, I have kind of found solace in this forced isolation. I have learnt new things, developed new hobbies, rekindled old passion with the paint brush (not the exπŸ€ͺ) . Long story short, I find ways to keep myself as engaged and occupied as possible.

This transition has been somewhat bearable due to the technology at our disposal primarily Internet, smartphones, social media…thanks to them, we can still be connected to our friends and family, get work done (lots of it) and have some semblance of normalcy in this unprecedented time in the history of the world..

But once a while, I too am stuck with pangs of loneliness. Wanting to actually sit and chat with someone. Get to know them. Share a cup of coffee. Chat. Have a hearty laugh. Those times I crib endlessly to my husband, who looks at me with disbelief, that I still feel the need to talk more, in addition to the endless chitchat I forcefully engage him in dailyπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

The other day, while on a quick grocery shopping spree, I bumped into my new neighbor. I had an important work call to get to, so the interaction was very brief, and I did not even pay much attention to what she said as I had to run back home to make it to the call. So I just said ‘nice to meet you, do drop by sometime’ and went my own way without much thought into it. And frankly, I just said it as a courtesy and did not expect to meet her unless we bumped into each other in the elevator once again some other time.

But it was a pleasant surprise when she came by to say ‘Hi’ with a box of cupcakes (how could I not invite her in with a big smile after that πŸ˜›)…and we started talking…turns out we are from the same city, about the same age, speak the same language, have similar crazy hectic work lives, both struggling to manage work and household chores…just so much to relate to. And this time I was so engrossed in the conversation that time just flew by and when she said she had to leave, I realized we were chatting for almost an hour!!

This sudden visit from my new neighbor left me with several realizations. Thing is, I had heard they moved in into a flat on the same floor a few weeks back. But never bothered to go meet them, introduce ourselves, you know.. be the good neighbors.Yeah that’s how busy, preoccupied and self serving we millennials are. πŸ™„πŸ™„ Even when I was cribbing about feeling lonely and craving company, I never thought of reaching out. I should have. Especially now more than ever, when going out to meet friends and cousins may not be wisest thing to do. But am glad she did. Before leaving, she asked me to visit her sometime. I said ‘Yes, definitely. I’d love to’. This time I meant it and fully intend to follow through.

I was looking for a friend and it was waiting right next door!! How wierd yet how wonderful. Here’s looking forward to a new friendship πŸ₯‚πŸ˜Š

23 thoughts on “Love thy Neighbour..or at least know them!!

  1. So true about the joys of work from home, and the better balance of time spent with the close ones (even though those wicked ones at office try the their best to barge in though work related calls πŸ˜ƒ), I am sure we will all miss it once the pandemic is over, which might be very far though…
    Good that you got a good neighbour, a good neighbour is not always common – you are most fortunate πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Thank you and like always You’re so right Deb, the wicked ones from work make it really difficult to enjoy the joys of being at home with incessant calls and meetings…but kind of glad that we probably don’t need to go back to office anytime soon considering the surge in covid cases….and yeah.. hoping the chance acquaintance with the neighbor turns into friendship …let’s see😊😊

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    1. Yes….since we are stuck at home and best not to step out….it’s really becoming important to know those who live right next to us…to be there for each other…am so happy to know you think the same Vani πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  2. Thoroughly relatable post….In order to simplify our lives with machines & gadgets, we seem to have forgotten the simple joyous moments of life. We often try to define that the state of social is being with family but little do we realize that strangers could be familiar too!Great Post!

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    1. Thank you dear…so glad you could relate…we are all in the same stuck up situation due to the pandemic so we need to reach out to those around us.. πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. Wow…Kally…isn’t that awesome…you got a friend when and where you least expected….I haven’t achieved that level of friendship but glad to get to know a person while stuck at home…πŸ˜€

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  3. I enjoy being back home. I was away for 10 years, I did come for a week’s break in between but with COVID everything changed. Now I am more connected with my family. The safety net was so strong that I even quit my job. Taking a break in between and hopped into WordPress.

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  4. I enjoyed this post. I agree I don’t see designer dresses being worn anytime soon. I have become a woman who enjoys joggers, and vintage tee shirts. I love that you met your neighbor, as meeting our neighbors sounds like something from a bygone era, but it truly is something we all should engage in.

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    1. Thanks..am so glad you liked the postπŸ’“πŸ’“…I am a full blown pyajama and tee gal now and can’t imagine going back to formals once office starts again….and yes it was a pleasure meeting somebody new and nice under these circumstances..I hope we can meet more often and get to know one another πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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    1. That’s true Sreenadh….that’s the modern day challenge…to interact, socialize face to face especially with those we don’t know….what is so easy to do in the virtual world is actually such a tough thing to do in the real world – making new friends…

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  5. If I’m being honest, the pandemic has made to appreciate friends and family even more. I can remember that during the first lockdown I was longing to see another face besides that of my parents and siblings. I missed my aunts, uncles cousins, grandparents and friends so much that video calls just weren’t doing it for me anymore…. But on the brightside, I got to tap into the inner me and explore my creative side, hence the birth of my blog.

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    1. Hey Lucia…trust me you’re not alone in this…..all of us have been dealing with similar struggles…. trying to stay sane and occupied….good thing is, like you mentioned, it has given us an opportunity to explore our creative sides… something to be grateful for I suppose….🀩πŸ₯°

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