It’s safe to say that before the COVID-19 pandemic, we were all too busy.
Too busy to visit our grandparents. Too busy to pick up the phone when mum just wants to chat. Too busy to go for that coffee date we’ve been putting off for weeks.
Life gets in the way, we all know that.
But when suddenly faced with these new restrictions that make it physically impossible to do most of those things, we miss them. A lot.
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So Mamamia decided to speak to a group of women and ask them one important question: “What will you never take for granted again, once this is all over?”
And the answers flooded in.
From 30 Australian women, these are the small things in life that they will never take for granted again.
“Being able to have non-phone time. Now our lifeline to other people is pretty much completely phone-dependent.”
“Visiting my 92-year-old Nanna for a cup of tea and giving her a cuddle.”
“As an introvert, I always thought this would be my dream scenario. But I’m finding what I’m missing most is the daily contact and banter with colleagues; the lightness and interactions that break up my day. It’s never something I took for granted, but it makes me so much more appreciative of it now.”
“Hugging my mum hello when I see her.”
“Going to the gym. It’s my me time, my stress relief and my mental health must.”
“My mum being able to help with the kids!”
“Having the option to go and visit my grandfather, and give him a hug. Can’t believe how much I took that for granted.
“And PILATES. I would give my left leg to be able to do pilates.”
“I miss my chosen family. A chosen family is something that a lot of people have but particularly LGBTQIA+ people. It’s a non-biological family because many of our biological family don’t accept us so we accept, love and support each other.
“So I have a family in Melbourne that are my chosen family and provide all of the same things a biological family do but can’t see them. It’s hard for LGTBQIA people because many of them are already isolated or have been forced into non-accepting households so without the support of their chosen family this has a massive impact on their mental health.”
“Actually going into an office to work with your amazing colleagues.”
“Hugs. I always say I’m not a hugger, but it’s funny how different you feel when that’s taken away from you.”
“This sounds so boring, but my daily routine. Walk, gym, coffee, office, just the little things that make up a normal day.”