When the pandemic hit, everyone scurried for cover. Life changed overnight. No more working in offices or learning in classrooms. No more going to movies or holiday gatherings. No more travel.
What an adjustment. At first, it was all so stressful. But then people grew accustomed to living online. They grew accustomed to social distancing. They even grew accustomed to solitude.
In the back of their minds, people remembered how crowded and hectic their lives had become before the virus. They were overextended, worn out. So many relationships had become fractious. Entering the world every day was like preparing to do battle.
So now that the pandemic had come to an end, most people stayed put. They had grown safe and secure in their own little worlds. Why run the risks of venturing out again? Living online isn’t so bad. Better to stay hunkered down.