Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have been wearing face masks since February 2020. This was a huge adjustment to our way of thinking and operating each day. Now when we leave home for a walk or grocery shopping, it is a case of 'do you have the keys, do you have your mask'. We have to wear a mask wherever we go and it takes some getting used to.
Since we do not speak the language in China, I have always relied on my smile to communicate whether this is to say hello, or please help. A smile can go a long way when people do not understand you. But since wearing a mask, my smile seems rather redundant. Now don't misunderstand me, I still smile under the mask but can't tell whether the smile-receiver is 'seeing' my smile. I look forward to the day when masks are no longer mandatory, and I can SMILE big time everywhere I go.
Another interesting adventure this week was having my hair coloured. When I walked into the salon, my first thought was to remove my mask as how on earth were they going to do my hair? But my mask remained on the entire time, through the colouring process, washing and drying phase.
If you are just walking around, then the mask becomes part of your day, your outfit and your way of life. I have seen many Chinese ladies who are creating beautiful outfits which also includes their mask, gloves and goggles. But then one decides to get a meal or a coldrink, and the mask becomes a rather annoying obstruction. But if you want to eat and drink, then you make a plan right?
This mask experience has definitely given me a greater respect for people that have to cover their faces every single day whether through their professions, their religions or personal choice.
Wherever you are during this difficult time, I hope you are healthy, happy and safe in your country. Leave a comment below and tell me about how you are.