The Coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought a cultural revolution. The world will not be the same after - for better or worse. Social gatherings will look different, elbow bumps will replace the traditional handshakes, everyday greetings ingrained in our culture such as a kiss or a hug, will be replaced by keeping distance. Protective face masks are here to stay, and suddenly we are super careful of who we invite into our home. Food becomes a key player in our home, while the kitchen becomes the heart of our house instead of the living room and the TV which were always in the center.
The more time we spend in one place, the more we discover there is much more space than we thought in spaces we thought we knew so well. So what will we actually gain from the Corona pandemic?
The meaning of life, for us and for our loved ones is now getting another aspect. Suddenly every moment feels a bit like the last one. There is something special, exciting, empowering and mostly something that connects us to ourselves and to those around us. Even our attitude towards nature changes - suddenly every flower seems magical, and it’s both exciting and pleasing to witness humanity in this state of mind.
I really do wish it will stay this way. The thing that strikes me the most is how much our home is now perceived in a different perspective for most of us. Suddenly it became the center of our being - and would remain that way. Before - we were used to live from the outside in – going to work and returning home, going out for dinner and coming back home, from outside to inside. Something now have totally reversed, and the direction is now is inside to outside.
Suddenly spending time outside became a bit of an inconvenience, and there is a need and desire to go back home. I don't think this will change anytime soon which is pleasing, because it feels like we all lost the magical value home gives us. Our home is the most important source of energy, it has always been that way but most people missed it as they were too busy with outside stimulations to be able to see it.
Home is an inspiration for us and for our work - that has now moved into our home and that also has another dimension nowadays. I have yet to meet a person who does not enjoy working from home. It saves valuable time usually wasted on being stuck in traffic in the morning as well as in the after hours, not to mention the pollution it generates. The focus and serenity which our home brings us, also brings with it pleasure and satisfaction in our work, something most of us might have not had before.
Spending time with our children - yes, it might be a tough one at times, but at the same time so important, and how much have we missed out when our children were in different educational institutions and not with us, next to us. All a child needs is his parent next to him. We are definitely returning to basics, going back to simplicity.
Therefore, in the days after, more attention will be given to the arrangement of the workplace at home. As more people prefer to stay home even when offices will re-open. Space will definitely be reconsidered and the place to work at home will no longer be a desk with an improvised office chair and a lamp, somewhere in the corner of the living room or under the stairs. Now it will be a special area in a room or even a completely separate room set up for that purpose.
After a quarantine inside an apartment, more people will be looking to add greenery into their homes. Indoor gardens will become more popular and people will be aspiring to have a small garden, or at least a small terrace so they can spend some time outdoors without leaving their home.
As we discovered that we can live with less we will also develop a much needed new sensitivity towards the environment. Local design and craftsmanship will be on the rise as well as the need to be less depended on mass productions that are not sustainable. The more creative and capable among us are seeing this as an opportunity to make their home an aesthetically nourishing place to keep spending time in as we keep waiting to see what the “new normal” will be like.