Suddenly it is back with many, this inner unrest. And some people think quietly and secretly: What were those times back then – a few weeks ago – when almost everything stopped in the Corona crisis!
"I liked the peace and quiet," some now freely confess among close friends or on social networks. The widespread consideration of fellow human beings was nice to experience, overall the feeling that it could be quite different, not for everyone of course, but for many. "Another world was possible."
The actor Mark Waschke ("crime scene") told the newspapers of the Funke media group that "the persistence of capitalism, the slowing down of just-and-so consumption" inspired him. «We all considered each other and could see what is really important to us in life. And that's not kitsch in the face of the social challenges that face us. »
Of course, singing high on the corona restrictions is not a good thing. And so everyone tries to emphasize that the personal impression should not reduce the suffering of the many who have suffered from the crisis.
"Now I know that I was sometimes quite stressed before Corona – even if I was never actually aware of it," confesses a Youtuber from Hamburg – and in retrospect is happy about the socially shut-down life, even if the so-called lockdown in Germany has never been as strict as in some neighboring countries. "You are usually in something that does not allow an outbreak." He feels almost healed of the so-called FOMO, the fear of missing out, the fear of missing something that often prevails in the social media era.
Corona has made cocooning the standard. If you wanted to withdraw, to a certain extent into a cocoon (hence the term), you no longer needed a lame excuse: for example, in Bavaria you could not leave the house at the start of the anti-pandemic measures without a "valid" reason – even sitting on a bench in the police rated the sun as "not good". Contact bans were everywhere – sometimes for people outside of their own household, sometimes outside the family.
Along with this, another trend term became the norm: hyggelig. The Danish word for coziness literally found its way into the home's four walls or the garden: like the world champions, people made themselves beautiful and cleared out their homes. Many rediscovered old cookbooks, possibly while cleaning up. Suitable when restaurants were closed.
In addition, since food markets were more or less the only open stores in the meantime, some got into a real shopping frenzy and conjured up dishes from exotic ingredients at home that they had never tried. The former Twitter trend of photographing lunch and presenting it to the world has been revived.
Those who could or had to work – and from home and ideally without parallel childcare – learned to appreciate the home office: getting up, hairdressing, a few steps to the workplace. Log out in the evening – and zack on the couch.
There was not much left to switch off than to do your laps at your own front door. Walking in nature quickly became a new popular sport and many discovered home – for the first time or again. They raved about the nearby destinations as if the fields and forests, the lakes and the sea or the mountains hadn't existed before.
Given so much pastime with flora and fauna, some have become naturalists and can now distinguish trees by bark or Asian from native ladybugs.
At the end of April, entertainer Harald Schmidt answered the question in the Corona questionnaire of the "NZZ" (Neue Zürcher Zeitung): "Visits, hugs, kisses left / right, spontaneous neck massage while walking by." And when asked whether the crisis also has good sides? «A lot. Flying shame superfluous, fuel oil cheap, solidarity great. And we finally know the reason for the empty churches. » At the end of May, cook and author Vincent Klink said that the good side of the crisis was: "It is also instructive to refute the spirit of the times," anything goes "." And on the NZZ question whether the world will be different after the pandemic: "For people with enough brain matter yes, the rest is demonstrably very forgetful."