At 4 months into our self-isolation (ours began March 12th), like many, I am finding it challenging to create a new rhythm.
Summer is always the time I think about doing things outside. And summer is definitely here, with high temps and high humidity. So, how does getting out and about look like right now?
- Shopping is still scary with 50% of people still not wearing masks; the thought of going to a farmer’s market feels super risky. (Where am I going to get my summer tomatoes, peaches, and fresh corn?)
- No way I’m heading into the gym even though they re-opened. There’s no avoiding heavy breathing at the gym and I doubt everyone will be masked, since it seems to be such a controversial thing. I’m not even sure about an indoor yoga class.
- Summer arts & crafts shows and concerts are canceled. And while some classes are starting back up (arts classes, cooking classes), I still worry since both my husband and I are high risk.
- Even gatherings with friends feel risky. Summer picnics, heading to watch a game, or getting the group together to eat out… not going to happen.
While I love both of my homes, I’m getting “cabin fever” and it’s summer!
I had said that intentional connection was a must do this summer. I’ve come to accept that connecting via Zoom or FaceTime is better than nothing. I am willing to take some risk with walking at the park with a friend or a small group chatting outside on the deck.
I need to continue to channel my thinking into gratitude, being kind to myself, and focus on what I am doing versus what I’m not doing.
- I’m working on staying active. I’m enjoying the on-line yoga (Yoga with Adriene!) and my previous Zumba instructor is now doing Zoom Zumba classes. I’m reaching out to friends for walks and we will head to the park one day soon to do some Stand-Up Paddle-boarding.
- I’m trying to make one new recipe a week. And cook with different techniques. Even if most of the results are flops, it’s the experimentation that is fun. Yes, seriously, flops. I think only 2 of 10 recipes are in the try-it-again pile. Thank goodness for an understanding hubby.
And today I wrote a blog for the first time in 3 weeks. I didn’t want to do another Covid-19 focused one, but that is where my retirement lifestyle is right now.
As I noted many blogs ago, retirement life is a series of transitions. And this latest transition is about dealing with a summer in isolation.
Picture Credit: Summer Sunset View June 2020