doomposting with a slightly positive bent

we're not living through an unprecedented epidemic. there have been plagues and epidemics ever since life has roamed the earth.
we're not living through an unexpected epidemic. with highly urbanised populations travelling around the globe, it's inevitable that world-wide pandemics will hit us. if anything, it's strange we haven't been hit by epidemics like this more often.

to continue with the doomposting a bit, it's obvious to me that the governments we live under (at least the government i live under) is either unwilling or unable to properly deal with this kind of situation.

as i approach the one year anniversary of lockdown one, and have been living in the almost exclusive company of my boyfriend and two cats, my brain is putting things together.
my mental health is taking a toll, i almost cried this morning looking at a stock photo of some beers and a plate of fries, thinking about how much i want to be able to just hang out with a bunch of friends, shoot the shit and enjoy the company of human beings.
and as per the opening statements in this post: this situation is neither unprecedented nor unexpected, nor do i have any reason to believe that future pandemics will be dealt with properly

i want to start preparing for reasonable worst case scenarios. the mind can easily drift to horrible apocalyptical scenarios, but i don't think that's reasonable not useful to think about. however, i don't think it's unreasonable to expect that a significant proportion of my future will be spent in pandemic lockdowns, in a bubble of whoever i happen to live with

my boyfriend and i are considering trying to get a bigger place to move in with some other friends, to at least have a face to face social circle bigger than our couple and some furry friends, and even if this is the only pandemic we have to live through, i don't think it'd be too bad to live in a home with some close friends, right?

is this something you're also thinking about? are you also considering changes to make future pandemics more livable? have you already made changes that made your lockdowns more bearable, or even enjoyable?

in reply to gaeel bradshaw-rodriguez

doomposting with a slightly positive bent

@gaeel I never thought about it in the context of a lockdown, but I have been living in some sort of flat share for a bit over 10 years now. Sometimes I wished to have a more isolated place to withdraw, but since the first lockdown I realized it's more about setting boundaries than my own flat.

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doomposting with a slightly positive bent

@gaeel Finding compatible humans to live with wasn't easy and I got lucky more often than burned by the experience. I've been considering to move in with my parnter, but she is a bit of the opposite and can imagine living with me, but would not want to share too much of her flat.

My dad is getting older and engaged in an associacion of people living together after retiring. they'd have their own flats but also a common room with a kitchen..

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doomposting with a slightly positive bent

@gaeel .. and whatever else they fancy. Currently a workshop is planned, but think of music practice room, garden and so on. I think this is a great idea and can imagine that it will get only more popular. Less nuclear family and more found family :)

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@themoep@mastodon.social one of the issues i think happens a lot with house sharing is that it's often younger people who are still learning about themselves and don't yet have the right tools for dealing with interpersonal conflict healthily
at least, my first flat share was something like this, but we were all about 18 years old
more recently i lived for two years with other 30 year olds who shared my fairly relaxed at home lifestyle and it was pretty good; there were a few hiccoughs here and there, but i feel like that's a small price to pay in return for having friendly people to share time with without being entirely dependent on a single romantic partner

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