By Juhi Bansal

Read Part-1 here.

I am not what you would call materialistic especially when it comes to buying new things however, I do feel attached to things I own- my jewelry, my bags, my shoes and most of my clothes. I can’t bear to give them away and when I do share them with my sister they come with a very clearly articulated return date.

And that’s why the last 3 months have been transformational (and I don’t use the word lightly) -they truly were.

K, Iy and I moved to a new city with just a handful of clothes and bare necessities. We left behind a house full of stuff (we thought we needed), our cars, my cherished possessions, iy’s dear toys, our trusty staff, friends and our well “settled” lives. We lived, made merry, went by our days with nary an itch for any of those things.

The lockdown has taught me many things (including baking banana bread and getting by without a pedicure) but the one thing I am ever grateful for is the realization that “possessions” are transient and only bog you down. Without the tug of “your own house” and “nice clothes” and other adornments- the whole world is practically your oyster. We met old friends, made new ones, and went to fancy restaurants and holes in the wall kinds, slept on new beds, cooked in strange kitchens, never once itching to dress up or longing for a whiff of the familiar. The feeling is not new, we’ve been experiencing it for more than a decade now but with the monotone of the uneventful weekdays thrown in- it has only grown stronger.

Why can’t we continue to live like this? Why do we ever have to go back to decking up to meet friends, live at “home” or eat familiar food?

What is your one realization courtesy the lockdown?

Do check out our remote life stories here and on Instagram.

weekend scenes- distanced beach side picnic with wifi (the furry kind), no wifi (the work kind) and Iy
Iy taking forever to finish her breakfast (place doesn’t matter)
post “morning workout” look
K making lunch first thing in the morning
Iy doing remote class and forever getting distracted
K’s remote work space
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  • Reply Sneha November 10, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Juhi this is so amazing! You are so amazing. Always teaching us new ways to live life!

    • Reply Closet Buddies November 10, 2020 at 7:30 am

      thank you Sneha. Always in my corner :-X

  • Reply Preksha Saini November 10, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Hi Juhi can you share some tips for moving to another city. Me and my husband are considering moving to Goa for work from home.

  • Reply Shraddha Bhaskar November 10, 2020 at 6:52 am

    always an inspiration. Have been following your stories on instagram Juhi.

    • Reply Closet Buddies November 10, 2020 at 7:27 am

      Thank you Shraddha for your kind words. Makes all the efforts of writing an article worth it.

  • Reply Amar November 10, 2020 at 7:22 am

    need some tips for Goa. Going to visit for Diwali long weekend.

    • Reply Closet Buddies November 10, 2020 at 7:27 am

      Dear Amar

      I may not be the best person to suggest activities for a weekend visit. All I can say is stay safe and maintain social distancing at all times. However, you may want to check out my instagram feed for some suggestions on what you can do in Goa

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