Like most folks, I have plenty of time to think, introspect, eat, kvetch, talk on the phone, Skype, eat, Zoom, create new projects, sing, Facetime, read, eat, do paperwork I hate doing, clean, watch Netflix and Amazon Prime, eat, dance in my living room, sleep, cook, walk, file and eat while doing my taxes (thank God the deadline is extended so I can procrastinate some more on the taxes).
Here are some positive things which have come out of this Upside Down State of the World for me in no particular order:
I was going to foster a dog from a kill shelter in Alabama. Instead, I adopted her and she is a goofy, funny sidekick for me. I’m in love after 2 days. (I think she is, too). Her name is Lulu. I call her Little Lulu. She’s a character (like me).
Not spending money on gas cause there’s nowhere to drive to.
Not putting miles on my car.
My car isn’t getting sideswiped in a parking lot cause I only park in my garage.
No outside pressure from anyone or anything while in this cocoon.
We are all in the same boat. I don’t feel alone, isolated or like I’m missing anything cause there’s nothing going on, no one to spend time with, etc.
I’m connecting/reconnecting with friends all over the place with meaningful conversations on the phone. Much less texting!
The jokes people send on the internet are hilarious so I am laughing a lot. Did you participate in this one: Write names of movies and substitute toilet paper for one of the words. I laughed so hard I cried. Like: “Gone with the Toilet Paper”.
I shaved my legs, cut my toe nails, gave myself a facial, filed my finger nails, let my hair color and length grow out, plucked and tweezed, and basically saved $$$ with “selfcare” (I hate that expression but it’s so popular these days).
Climate change is improving!!
I am listening to the birds sing while taking walks in nature.
I can sit on my deck and feel the warmth of the sun (not often in NJ these days but still…) and the sweet caress of a gentle breeze (sounds romantic but…)
I realize how self -sufficient I can be if necessary. Never thought I could spend this much time alone.
I have valuable time to mourn the passing of my father and I can feel glad he is not here at the age of 91 to experience this madness. The stock market alone would have killed him.
My 91 year old mom has Alzheimers in a nursing home which has made me insanely sad but she isn’t experiencing the fear from the epidemic and for that I am grateful.
I donated a pile of different fabrics to be sewn into face masks.
I cleaned out some closets and got rid of unnecessary stuff. Some good enough to donate to others less fortunate.
Demonstrating active empathy whenever and wherever I can. It feels so good.
Optimism: One day this virus will be tamed. Maybe we humans will, too. I can only hope and pray.
Love to hear your wins from Corona Time. Please share!