Do you remember when we were kids and just returning to school in the fall after a summer of delightful school-free frolics and our teacher would ask us to stand in front of the class to tell our restless classmates "how we spent our summer vacation?" No? Well, frankly neither do I. Maybe this is just a bit of grammar school folklore, but in any case I can use it as a template to tell you what I’ve been doing on my spring break from the virus.
Actually not that much has changed since the lockdown and my life before. I still walk Bernie every morning but instead of going to the market three times a week, I go just about two. Well, come to think of it, I am recently shopping for my elderly neighbor who is 86 years old so I probably might go one extra time for an outing.
Because of limited movement and pain in my neck (literally,) I can’t do a whole heck of a lot. So being in lockdown isn’t drastically changing my world as it is now.
I have reached out to new and old friends by texting and emailing. I feel a sense of comradery; we are not “alone” anymore; we are all trying to survive together by hopefully listening to the scientists and doctors.
Everything feels very calm and peaceful both in my home and outside in my garden, however, the minute you turn on the news, the channels are reporting the same thing. And the news at the moment has all the essential components to raise our anxiety levels to the point of making us feel like we are fighting for our lives. I have some friends who are news junkies, and their stress levels are through the roof right now. When you are constantly bombarded with doom and gloom news and your stress levels go through the roof, it puts your body into "fight or flight". This means that your body goes into survival mode, and when it does that, your immune system is not at its best.
So I have curtailed my watching CNN and decided to limit my watching that station to an hour a day…in spurts. I am also playing Scrabble online with a few pals that keep my mind busy. I haven’t cooked up anything special; I live alone and have no desire to make a gourmet meal for just moi. I just do simple.
Please be safe, do what you are suppose to do and do keep a social distance from anyone. I believe in sort of a miracle that we will get through this nightmare and in return, live in a brand new normal. Are we ready? I am not too sure about that.
Bernie just being Bernie...