To be honest, I'm sick of always being the one to initiate contact with my friends and relatives.
Yes! Other than my mother (who initiates contact once a week), I have had to initiate almost all contact with family, friends and colleagues. Four people have initiated contact with me once in the last 6 weeks, and I have received thank you messages from the nieces/nephews for the packages of activities I sent them. Other than that, nothing. Even more annoying/frustrating are the many whose reply to my texts/emails/messages is just a one-liner, or an emoji (or no reply at all). Every time I see one of those stupid commercials on tv telling us that "you are not alone" and encouraging people to connect with others, I want to throw something at it.
Not related to this current global medical crisis - but about five years ago, I was venting about this to an older woman and she told me “Never make anyone a priority if they‘ve made you optional.” My mental health got A LOT better after following that advice.
I’m at the people who keep saying, “We’ll all get back to normal.” UM - I was hoping there would be some silver linings to this and there would be some things that would NEVER go back to normal. Things like:
- People not respecting personal space.
- Strangers (or anyone else, for that matter) thinking they are entitled to touch your body (handshakes, pats, hugs).
- People walking into others because they can’t see where they are going because they are staring down at their phone.