This is your brain on pandemic
ABC 143: On forgetting how to be normal
The first day of spring felt particularly apt yesterday. As the days get longer and the vax selfies more common, I can’t help but feel something that resembles hope. And yet, the pandemic is far from over. I’m reminded of this tweet.
One thing on my mind: we haven’t fully grappled with the second-order effects of our year of turning inward. Sure, there will be memes about our atrophying small-talk muscles and our societal shift toward introversion, but I imagine the consequences of the pandemic will continue to reveal themselves in slow and subtle ways.
I loved this list of questions the author of this week’s article is struggling to answer.
What time do parties end? How tall is my boss? What does a bar smell like? Are babies heavy? Does my dentist have a mustache? On what street was the good sandwich place near work, the one that toasted its bread? How much does a movie popcorn cost? What do people talk about when they don’t have a global disaster to talk about all the time? You have to wear high heels the whole night?
Reading them validated the general absent-mindedness I’ve been feeling as of late. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the piece, that is if you can grasp them…
Here’s the piece: Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain