Quarantine Lessons – by Jacquelyn Tyre-Perry

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I saw a post on social media a couple of weeks ago that asked, “What have you learned during quarantine/COVID?”

I’d seen the question asked before but had never thought about an answer. I don’t think I had ever seen such comical answers either, so I wanted to share some that I found interesting.

First, what I’ve learned about myself is that it’s not a lack of time that keeps me from doing the things that I say I want to do. Manassas Park Parks and Recreations School Age Recreation Specialist Jacquelyn-Tyre PerryLike working out for instance. I used to say I just didn’t have the time. However, once quarantine gave me an abundance of time, I realized a lack of time was not actually the problem. Lack of motivation maybe. Laziness, quite possibly. Bread and pasta, most definitely.

One answer that made me chuckle was “I realized how disgusting humans are.” Isn’t it funny what we pay more attention to when we have to wear masks and be extra cautious about sanitizing?

“Quarantine has forced me to think outside the box.” This one was interesting because I realized how people have had to improvise and do things at home that they would normally go out for. I’ve seen some of the cutest at home date nights. The influx in gyms doing live workouts via Facebook and Instagram has been insane (and free)! I’m 99% sure I’ve even seen sip and paints being done via Zoom. It’s been pretty neat to see so many businesses pivot and adapt.

“I realized that I’m actually an introvert.” This spoke to me because I can be an extroverted introvert. If my surroundings call for it, I can be outgoing and rowdy with the best of them. However, my alone time is my peace. Without it, I’m no good. I think in this regard, quarantine just solidified that I’m an introvert through and through. My heart goes out to all you extroverts out there.

I think my favorite was, “I had to learn the importance of setting boundaries.” Anybody that knows me knows that boundaries are my jam. For several reasons I can see how setting and enforcing boundaries during this time has been crucial for many people. Some people have been more cautious than others have. With that, I imagine boundaries around choosing not to have visitors or going out for brunch has probably been the topic of many conversations. Those that are now working and schooling from home have probably had to set boundaries around designated work time, interruptions, and even physical space. Boundaries are important and necessary even without a pandemic.

Hopefully you enjoyed these gems as much as I did. I’m always looking for life lessons for myself, but I especially love hearing things from other people’s perspectives. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to take some time to think about some things you’ve learned during quarantine.

Jacquelyn Tyre-Perry is the School Age Recreation Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. She can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at J.Tyre-Perry@ManassasParkVA.gov.

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