Staying Home and back to the Daily Journal - 3-16-2020

Sometimes we get overwhelmed and stop doing our normal routines and create other routines out of necessity or just...well because they are easier. That is basically what I have done with my daily blog posts, I have stopped doing them for a few weeks as I have attempted to wrap my head around the Covid-19 epidemic/pandemic.

While there are no easy answers and certainly I am not in any position to do anything more than share my thoughts about what is going on in today's world, so that at some point and time I will be able to come back and read about this time in our lives.

So starting today, I am going back to journaling about things that are happening around me and the things I did to get through this tough time.

We have made the conscious decision to not go anywhere unless we have to. Yes, that is the advice of the CDC, Federal and State governments and most everyone else, is to limit your exposure to others. The so-called attempt to flatten the curve. Which to be honest is a pain in the ass and many Americans are ignoring those recommendations.

After all, it won't affect them all that severely - right.

People of all ages do not want to be inconvenienced or have to change how they live. It is their right to pursue the American Dream and live the way they want - is it not. Yep, it sure is. At least it is until it infringes on the rights of others and possibly spread a very contagious virus even more quickly than it is already and creates a situation where the ability of our medical systems becomes overwhelmed.

So we will stay home as much as possible for the foreseeable future.

The idea of remaining at the top of our little hill out in the rural area we live in isn't all that bad compared to those who live in apartments in big cities or even smaller towns. There are not that many families up here and even if mandatory quarantine does happen, we are not in close contact with others and have acres of woods around us. On the flip side it does mean that when we need to get supplies we have to drive into town to get them and go through the worry of what we might catch while there.

Are we concerned about the Covid 19 virus? Absolutely, but we are not panicking. We are taking control of what we can, staying informed about what is going on locally and nationally and taking prudent precautions for what looks to be an extended period of our lives being disrupted. There is no sense in freaking out about things or hiding our heads in the sand, it just doesn't serve any purpose and we will be better off staying calm and aware of what is going on.

We will continue to live our lives as routinely as possible by:

  • Working out to relieve the stress and also increase our ability to fight off the virus.
  • Eating well
  • Decreasing my time on social media and the histrionics and crap that seems to go along with it.
  • Walking the dogs
  • Social distancing from others, which we pretty much did before this anyway, we are not big people people in the first place

Last night I got to draft my Fantasy Baseball team in a league I have participated in for many years now. Even though baseball probably won't start for 2-3 months, it was nice to have some normalcy in my life for couple of hours.

I have been running most days and the left hamstring is getting better slowly, but surely.

I had started a private journal to record these events and give my honest thoughts about what is going on without having to worry about the trolls coming out of the woodwork to tell me how wrong I am about my observations or threatening this or that because I am one of "them" damn old people. The bots did find my blog and some of the comments were not shall we say complimentary or reassuring. By the way, did I ever tell you how much I hate trolls and bots. ;-)

All that being said it seems as though it is going to be a while before life returns to something that resembles normal and even then it will be a new normal. Life will change as a result of this pandemic and it is up to us to decide whether it will be for the better...or not.

Hopefully, people will have more time to reflect on the important things in life and the direction they want their lives to go. Sometimes the world needs a timeout to figure out what is important, so during this time of uncertainty, use the time that we all will have in our homes to figure out what is important, who is important and what we can do to make our lives better.

You can follow my journey where I ask myself these important questions and reflect on what I am seeing, hearing and doing during these "interesting" times that we are living in.

1. What was the most important thing that you did today?
2. What else did you do today? 
3. Did the answers to Q1 and Q2 move you closer to what you want?

 This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.


Kay said…
I started defrosting a turkey for roasting in a few days. Then I'm going to freeze them for meals for the duration of our self-isolation. I'm trying to figure out what we need to stock up on while the virus hasn't hit too badly yet. The number keeps growing everyday.
Hshawjr207 said…
we are staying home and had our St. Patrick's Day meal on Sunday. Self-isolation is not that bad for us right now, we are not all that social anyways. Gonna try to see what Sam's Club looks like this afternoon, if too busy will just drive by and come home.