Chapter 5. LIFESAVERS THAT SUSTAIN US DURING THESE TIMES OF COVID
We can’t leave home, streets are empty, hugs disappear, and we distance ourselves from something that is there, looming around us.
SHOCK, UNCERTAINTY, DISORIENTATION… and now what? What do we have at hand to cope with it? How do we survive this reality that no one really knows how to handle?
We are in the building process and it is obvious that we need allies that take on different roles to push, provoke, accompany or facilitate our lives in these times in which we are all a little lost. Lifesavers consisting of different habits and rituals that are helping us to survive.
- Lifesaver #1: TECHNOLOGY provokes us to open up Entertainment options
This first and great lifesaver, is not a ritual or a habit, but it holds almost all of them, it makes them possible and it enables them to go viral. It keeps us connected, it allows us to continue socializing and gives us access to everything we need. Video-calls are more successful than ever, we connect with people that we didn’t see that much and with those that we did, it is not enough for us to see them individually we want to keep our groups. Will we stop demonizing it after this is over? Will it be more transversal to all audiences and socio-economic levels? Will we start to value it as a commodity?
- Lifesaver HOME SWEET HOME provokes RE-EVALUATION OF TIME AND SPACE
Our homes had never been so versatile, throughout the day they are gyms, restaurants, offices, game rooms, cinemas, bars and even bakeries! It´s the way to minimize to the max our day to day confinement. We will definitely take to the streets again, but we will also have a space that has become a home again, a place where a great deal of family activity is developed and new habits will be generated for when we are alone or accompanied inside our homes. We bet that from here we will all come out cooking more and better and that it won´t only be a place to sleep.
- Lifesaver INDULGENCE that provokes RECONNECTION WITH PASSIONS
After the toilet paper craziness what is now mission impossible in Spain is finding flour and yeast and Mexico isn’t far behind, some of you must have already made the famous banana cake, haven’t you? We are all making cakes, pies and biscuits, partly as a treat, a whim or a craving, but it is also the pleasure of making things with our own hands and seeing if we have skills that we didn’t know about. Individual reconnection rituals are activated.
And now it’s followed by in home hair salons (haircuts, hair coloring…) painters, gardeners, decorators and many more activities, to nurture and explore our new passions and break ground.
- Lifesaver CELEBRATION ARMY that provokes CONNECTION AND DISCONNECTION
Music, films, series, books, videogames, courses, parties from balconies, … transport us to other realities, they make us travel, they make us feel, they allow us to evolve, advance, but above all they give us that extra mental stimulation that we need when our physical environment doesn’t offer it. It allows us to get out of the rut through on/off connection habits in which you share emotions, feelings and experiences with acquaintances and strangers because nothing connects as much as collective experiences (How we wish we could party!). And with our own personal circles? Videovermuts, video-calls… the leisure time that we had but in an on-line version (sometimes even more intense and frequent).
- Lifesaver RECOGNITION provokes MOTIVATION AMONG EVERYONE
It honors all those who are working: cleaning personnel, sanitizers, farmers, delivery personnel, supermarket personnel, nurses, etc.
Solidarity rituals emerge : donations, applause, support banners that make us feel united, on a team; after all we need to feel that we are part of a community, we need others and we are at a key moment for reappraising what often went unnoticed in our lives..
- Lifesaver HUMOR provokes LESS TENSION
Memes, videos, jokes, the Corona virus official account on Twitter… there is no smartphone that hasn’t been flooded with the most human way of dealing with the crisis: humor. Laughter is the best antidote against negativity and worry, the best way to depressurize and above all the best trigger for rituals that lighten the load.
Our lifesavers began with something very technological which paradoxically is making way for what is humane and emotional. Will this be the point where techno-human balance will be found definitely? Shall we play at betting which ones will stay in our lives?