- As the world is still adapting to life under lockdown, it is perhaps time to take cue from our introvert friends who have been leading fulfilling lives despite not going out and socializing as frequently as extroverts.
- It is also time to make the most out of the myriad options available online to keep ourselves engaged and entertained.
Abhik Choudhury, the Chief Strategist & Founder, Salt and Paper Consulting shares some valuable tips on how to ace this lockdown by sharing some of the things one could explore, while living life in isolation.
In the last two decades we have made a world where superficial need of social validation by going to exotic vacations, posting the #OOTD bought last evening from Zara, mushy selfies with partners and albums of office pub outings is the new normal; all of this to stir digital endorsement in the form of likes and comments from people you meet twice a year. And now with self isolation that void feels like a black-hole to a generation flirting with ADHD, who can’t fathom the idea of calm having been bred in chaos their whole lives. For a welcoming change now is the time for them to take cues from the introverts in their groups who anyway used to skip the dance parties, game nights and karaoke clubs. So how did they survive the last decade when it is becoming suffocating in less than a fortnight?
To begin with, their idea of happiness isn’t dependent upon others, call them geeks but they will find equal joy in binging Stranger Things alone as much as you did by getting sloshed with stranger beings till the wee hours of the morning. One of the biggest myths about introverts is they avoid crowds because they are afraid of them when in reality it’s a lifestyle choice even for some of the most powerful people in the world like Zuckerberg and Gates. So when you look at it for what it truly is, you can learn to not only accept but also appreciate the temporary tweak. The choice to voluntarily lay off red meat to control high cholesterol demands acquired maturity. A lifestyle shift by definition urges an evolved state of mindset, don’t see it as a downgrade of your freedom but an upgrade of your consciousness. Another wonderful thing to emulate is their innate ability to love and pamper themselves. Pizza with truffle oil tastes magical on its own and treating yourself to fresh mimosas while sunbathing on your balcony needs just a good playlist, not a big brunch invitation. Such a beautifully liberating thing it is to enjoy one’s own company, no?
A few years ago,
This January, Samsung introduced Neon, artificial humans ready to share experiences with evolved emotions and intelligence. But there is still time for the 'Black Mirror' meets 'Her' product to be available for purchase. Till then, we need to find solace in self isolation with what we have grown up with.
If even after the curfew ends by staying another twenty days indoors we can flatten the curve, let’s make #digitaltourist the trend of the month to save the year.
- This column has been authored by Abhik Choudhury, the Chief Strategist & Founder, Salt and Paper Consulting. He is also a visiting faculty of Market Research & Campaign Planning for the Advertising & PR department at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.