On Friday, 10 April 2020, the Malaysian government made another announcement to extend the Restricted Movement Order (RMO) for the country. The lock down will take place for another two more weeks until the end of April — on the 28th, just two days shy of the end of the month.
Sometimes I wonder if the Malaysian government thinks this is a game. They started with two weeks, followed by two more weeks. Then they added on yet another two weeks. And now they’ve given us, again, another two weeks. They should have just given us a whole month from the start instead of giving us piecemeals.
I can tell you, honestly, that I’m not pleased with the announcement. While this means that the government only wants what’s best for the people (or do they?), this also means I have to be at home and work from home for another two more weeks. And being at home already for the past three weeks is driving me insane!
Yes, I have ventured outside a few times but it is not the same as going out and doing the things we are all so used to doing. Meeting people. Hanging out with friends. Going for your weekend hikes or evening runs or morning laps in the pool. Making a snap decision to head out for supper at your nearby cafe or mamak restaurant.
I have been taking it a day at a time. Baby steps, right? I try not to think about it. I try to keep myself occupied. I try to do the things I usually wouldn’t have the chance to do if I had the old routine. But I find my productivity slipping as each week passes. It took me three weeks to be able to work productively for the team.
These days, I wake up just in time for work. I take more midday naps. I clock out on the dot at 6:30pm. I have even tighter limits and narrower boundaries between my work and my personal lives than I ever did before. Don’t get me wrong, though; I do love being home because there are some things that I never would have done either.
For one, I can now include my workouts during the day while taking short breaks from working. Because I’m at home, I don’t have to worry about driving to and from work. I don’t have to spend money on refuelling my car. I don’t have to worry about facing traffic on the road. And I have even more time to prepare to cook dinner too!
So, alright, looks like I’ll get to enjoy another two weeks’ worth of midday naps and short-break exercises then. Not to mention, also, another two weeks of waking up lazily for work. Don’t worry, I guess I’ll be counting my blessings then because once things go back to normal, I’m going to find it difficult to get used to normal life again.