I’m extremely thankful to be an individual who enjoys solitude. I don’t shun social activity but I’m happy to be on my own. During this unprecedented time, many of us find ourselves either alone or maybe spending too much time with loved ones. Mostly, I hope anyone who reads this is healthy and safe.
Just because I enjoy solitude doesn’t mean our enforced situation isn’t stressful. Having lived with an anxiety disorder for almost forty years, I’m very accomplished at being stressed. What I’m thankful for, aside from my health, is the fact I have the tools I need to cope with the situation.
As a woman, I’m lamenting the state of my hair each time I brush or comb it. My hair is not meant to be long. The texture of my hair is fine so it just hangs limply if it’s allowed to grow to any length. I’m used to having my hair cut every five weeks. It’s one of my few vices. I like a precise and professional cut, so I don’t stint. I’d procrastinated and was overdue for a cut when the pandemic boom was lowered for those of us in NY State. While it may look wild, rest assured it’s clean.
I live in a friendly neighborhood. It’s the time of year when we are emerging from our hibernation, taking walks, puttering in the yard. I’m used to popping over to people’s houses and chatting, especially with my next door neighbor and her adorable dog. That isn’t happening and hasn’t for weeks. If I’m out walking and encounter neighbors, we all stand about ten feet apart and chat. It works. It isn’t ideal, but nothing ever is.
I’ve chosen not to isolate myself from my only relative who lives around the corner from me. I pop in on her at least once a day. We have the hand-washing ritual down to a science and we keep a polite distance. Sad to say, I haven’t kissed or hugged my mom in a month. But if it minimizes our risk for illness, I will sacrifice.
I’m thankful for my love of reading and writing. Each of these hobbies help me pass the time, alleviate anxiety, enrich my life. Right now, I’m anticipating the newest novel from Julia Spencer-Fleming and trying to resist the impulse to download it pronto. I will wait until this evening. I’ve enjoyed binge watching some of my favorite shows like “Maine Cabin Masters” and “Vera.”
Most days revolve around Governor Cuomo’s daily briefing. Not usually a huge fan of our governor, I find I’m enjoying his calm and rational approach to our crisis. I no longer watch the other daily “briefing” as it ramps up my anxiety and causes me to holler bad words at the television. On a lighter note, check out Randy Rainbow’s video entitled “Andy.” It will have you in stitches. I’ve watched countless cute animal videos just to smile.
And the book I’m writing is moving along. No excuses, right? It’s not like I don’t have the time. When I finish a chapter, my mom reads it and comments. She is hinting about wanting to read more so after lunch I better work on it. My neighbor and I are even writing a mystery via email. She writes some, sends it, and then I write some and send it. We don’t discuss the plot or characters, we just create. C’est la vie.
I know this will pass. I pray our country will be the better for it and I pray that I will be a better person. My prayers for good health are offered constantly. They’re sincere and I hope they help. Find peace in solitude. I have.