So, as the restrictions of lockdown here in the UK start to be lifted I found myself reviewing the overall impact of living my near perfect existence for a misanthrope in terms of if I am any different coming out of lockdown than I was going into it.
About halfway into lockdown I all but quit drinking alcohol. This decision was coupled with the decision I took to return back to a healthier lifestyle that I enjoyed in my younger years some 15 years or so ago of taking regular exercise up to 4 times a week and eating a more balanced diet removing alot of snacks and junk food in the process. 6 weeks into a healthier lifestyle I feel better and genuinely don't miss the booze as much as I thought I would. I haven't become tee-total and do enjoy an occasional beer (one bottle a week or one glass of spirit a week) if I feel like it or if I feel I need the "treat" for hitting targets or celebration of personal or work related achievement (I am a salesman with targets, so any excuse really).
Our shopping habits have completely changed. My fiancee is high risk for COVID so going to the supermarket was an immediate no-no. As a result we plan to continue to do only collections from store of internet orders or deliveries. I have started to utilise label/band sites directly for merchandise and music a lot more than I did and have made some neat discoveries on sites that I knew little or nothing about but now go back to as a regular shopper.
I have also learned that my day job has the potential to be done with much less travel and time on the road than it did previously. The move away from face-to-face meetings to video conferencing has changed the way I engage with my customers making them more accessible if anything and so I think my time on the road could be significantly less once the restrictions are released in full (if that happens anytime soon, which I doubt).
All in all lockdown has been a positive experience for me, even affording me opportunity to contribute actively (albeit remotely) to the fight against coronavirus using my healthcare knowledge and experience which was a strange yet massively fulfiling experience for me. Most of the behaviours I have adopted during the period of staying at home I intend to keep far beyond the end of this pandemic.