Once upon a time I used to leave my home, like, every day. I live in New York City, and have thus always thought of my apartment as one room of a sprawling house, the rest of the city comprising where I eat, where my children play, where I work, yes, but also where I exercise and see friends and live life. Then the pandemic compressed life into that small apartment, and like so many others, I compensated by feathering said nest with the best and strangest things one can buy online.
But can these silly purchases really dull the pain of life in 2020? Maya Kosoff wrote about her online purchases over the past eight months or so, and rated how effective each purchase was at combatting her existential dread. For example, new pillows were rated “5/10. My head rests on a pillowy cloud every night while I toss and turn.”
Everything I’ve Bought Online During The Pandemic
And how much each thing has dulled my existential dread
Of course, this kind of retail therapy is undoubtedly a privilege. As Kosoff notes:
It’s true that money can solve many of your problems, and being truly financially stable for the first time in my adult life has been freeing — not having to hold my breath and wait to see if my debit card gets declined at the grocery store, or having good insurance so I never have to pay out of pocket for emergency medical care is a luxury I’ve never fully appreciated or known before. But there are some things no amount of money can fix, and it seems that the feeling of doom that results from raw-dogging reality every day is one of them.
Seems like to really stay mentally healthy in These Times, we might have to stick to the tried and true basics: processing our emotions, connecting with our people, and even, yes, getting offline now and then. (Forge will totally still be here when you log back on.)