Five months after the start of quarantine, I finally got a haircut. Over the time at home, my usually short hair had slowly gotten longer and longer, to the point where it would get in my eyes.
Over the course of quarantine I had slowly withdrawn into myself. Away from the social interactions I was used to at college, it became more challenging for me to remember how I would usually act with people my age, or anyone besides my own family for that matter. The thing is, something so simple as a haircut can make you feel like a new person. In my case, getting a haircut reminded me of my old self, the person I was when interacting with people.
This is not to say that I, or anyone else for that matter, is truly changed by something like a haircut. However, I think that there is value in the simple changes you can make in your life. Sometimes it is a haircut, but it can be other things as well. I like to try cooking a new type of food, changing my phone background, altering the orientation of furniture in my room, and a million other tiny things that somehow make me more conscious of who I am.
In these times of lethargic monotony, sometimes all you need is an inciting moment to change things up. Whether it is getting a haircut or wearing a pair of shoes you haven’t touched in a while, I would urge anybody who feels weighed down by the tedium of pandemic life to try something new, no matter how basic and simple that thing may be.