I was listening to a podcast this past weekend that prompted me to write this list. They were talking about a list called ‘45 Questions to ask while waiting’. After talking to a few friends the week prior who had told me they were nearly zoomed out from talking to their global friends all the time, friends they usually only catch up with every six months or so, I decided to go ahead and write my own list. Some of the questions are directly related to being in lockdown but others are just life in general questions and some could be both. Take them as you like. 

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35 questions to ask when you are nearly zoomed out.

Here are my ‘35 Questions to ask when you are nearly zoomed out’. 

  1. When have you regretted wishing time away?
  2. What’s the most expensive doodad you have ever bought? 
  3. What is the thing you are most embarrassed to say you have missed during lockdown? 
  4. Broken down into percentages who does the household chores around your house?
  5. What is your favourite festive holiday of the year?
  6. Who do you miss the most?
  7. What’s your favourite memory?
  8. What appliance do you use every day?
  9. If you were doing it all again how many children would you have?
  10. Who are you dreading seeing once this is all over?
  11. Do you restack the dishwasher after someone else has already stacked it?
  12. What is the most exhausting thing about lockdown?
  13. What is your favourite book of all time?
  14. Would you choose the same career if you had to start over?
  15. What has come into focus for you the most over this lockdown period?
  16. Are you a good lair?
  17. What country would you like to live in?
  18. At a guesstimate how much weight have you put on so far while on lockdown?
  19. What’s the most overrated book you have ever read?
  20. What was your favourite subject in school?
  21. How often do you cry?
  22. What’s the most interesting thing you can see out of your window?
  23. How many bank accounts do you currently have?
  24. Do you believe in heroic deeds?
  25. What’s your favourite fast-food chain?
  26. What is the best thing you have cooked or baked during your lockdown? 
  27. If you could continue to work from home would you?
  28. What is your biggest worry?
  29. What is the biggest change we need to see in the world after Covid-19?
  30. What is your best habit?
  31. What do you now know you can 100% live without that has surprised you?
  32. What is the best gift you have ever received?
  33. What is your Nextflix guilty pleasure?
  34. Is not being able to get your hair, nails, eyebrows, eyelashes, botox (whatever) done been liberating or anxiety-inducing? 
  35. What do you rate 10/10?

Rachel Nelson is a New Zealand expat who has lived and worked in the US, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the UAE, Qatar and Germany.