In case you haven’t heard, the world, as we know it, is about to END!!! Seriously!!!
And to make matters even worse, we are apparently going to have to suffer through this cataclysm sans the comfort and cleanliness of top grade toilet paper.
Oh the horrors!
Apologies. You’ll have to excuse me, I’m been stuck inside for the last week bouncing between CNN, Facebook, and the Coronavirus Scoreboard (sponsored by Budweiser).
Talk about a recipe for paralysis and depression! I mean if it’s only half as bad as “everyone” says it is or is going to be, we are seriously up a global pandemic creek without a paddle. Even the “soothing” Tweets of President Trump couldn’t convince me otherwise.
A couple of days ago I caught myself thinking, “What to do? What to do? What to do?”
“Go for a walk, a walk, a walk,” I heard myself reply.
Good idea. The sun was out, the temperature was warming, and the park behind our neighborhood was beckoning.
Expecting to be the only soul foolish enough to risk it all for a little sunshine, I was greatly surprised to find that the park was packed with families, groups of children, people walking their dogs, and even a couple of stray cats. Frisbees were flying, balls were bouncing, there was a group of people playing guitar, and even an aspiring trumpeter who was, well, trumpeting.
Seeing all these people simply getting on with their lives made me reflect on what I had been doing (not much, other than staring at my computer) and what I could be doing.
When I finally returned home I wrote down some goals that I plan to achieve during this “crisis.”
Since most people are expected to eventually get the infection, I thought I’d better make sure that I’m in the best possible condition.
That means, I need to exercise more, lose a couple pounds, get an appropriate amount of high-quality sleep, consume lots of vitamin C, and bring down my blood pressure. These are all things that I should do during normal times, but well, you know, normal times don’t provide the same level of motivation as a GLOBAL PANDEMIC!!!
Since I can work remotely and am able to eliminate commute times, I actually have more free time. I am using my free time to catch up on some reading, study Japanese, and possibly even take a professional certification course.
And, my youngest son and I are going to hone our survivalist skills and start growing our own microgreens.
Lastly, while I know social distancing is important, I am hoping that as the world slows down I’ll be able to catch up with friends, family, and neighbors (at a socially acceptable distance of course).
In short, I’m going to try to make the most of a not so great situation. But when we come out of this, I hope to be a bit fitter, smarter, and more connected. Hopefully as a planet we can do that as well. Alternatively, I could spend the next eight weeks staring at CNN and Facebook, which in my book, would be about as bad as getting the virus!