In This Age of Connection, Why Do I Feel So Disconnected?

Getting Closer To Myself: In This Age of Connection, Why Do I Feel So Disconnected?

In This Age of Connection, Why Do I Feel So Disconnected?

Today, we
are more connected than ever. There’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap Chat, text,
email, snail mail, Zoom, Face Time, Houseparty, and the list goes on and on. (I’m
almost in my mid-30s, I’m trying to keep up with the times, but it’s getting
hard) There are so many ways to connect outside of IRL in this age of social
distancing, yet what I crave is connection. IRL.
I have
nearly daily Zoom meetings for work and I get to see some of my co-workers that
way, but it’s not the same.
And the
funny part, coming from this introvert, is that all I want to do is see some of
these people and hug them. (Ew, gross, so not a hugger, can’t believe I would
even suggest that, so not work appropriate) And I know that when I do
eventually get to see them, I won’t even be able to do that.
prospect of continuing to work from home indefinitely is daunting. Not as much
the productivity part of it as much as the camaraderie part of it. As much as
co-workers can sometimes get on our nerves, I miss most of mine. I miss being
able to walk from my office to their desk to talk to them or ask a question. I
miss being able to wave “hello” in the morning when we arrive.
interesting is that nearly all of my chronic illness relationships were born,
and built, online. There’s only a few handfuls that I’ve gotten to meet IRL.
And all of those relationships have truly been life sustaining, but we’ve never
known any different. Being spread across the country and world, IRL is a luxury
and not a guarantee, with different diagnoses, and different levels of illness
and ability.
But now,
even the relationships that were born and built IRL are being forced out of IRL
and into the world of Face Time, Zoom, and Houseparty. And I really don’t like
it. Like I said in my last post, you can keep malls and movie theaters, and
I’ll add casinos, gyms, theme parks, and beaches. I don’t need those. I can
make my life smaller. But what I can’t do is live without my peeps. I just
I saw my
mom the other day very briefly and I hadn’t seen her in over a month. A MONTH.
And she literally lives 10 minutes away. Some might say we’re being overly
cautious and that we aren’t living life at our own expense. But honestly, as someone
who is #HighRiskCovid19, is being too careful a thing?
Is my
feeling of disconnection the price of keeping myself safe?
I fear
that if we try and go back to “normal”, it will all fall apart. Is it really
possible to get together, wear a mask and stay six feet apart? I believe the
need for normalcy will trump (no pun intended) the need for being and remaining
We don’t
want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. But what good is physical health
if emotional health is non-existent?
I know
that life as we knew it may never be the same as it was before the pandemic. I
know that there are sacrifices everyone is having to make. But how do we
balance the sacrifice with quality of life? How do we make life as we know it
now just as fulfilling as life was pre-pandemic without jeopardizing our safety
and the safety of others in the process? And how do we maintain connection when
we are so physically disconnected?

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