Imagining on this beautiful day in sunny NSW, sun baking on the beach. Ah- Ah – No, No ! Move along – no loitering on the beach ! 🙂
What to do ? – How to do it ? -What not to do ? – Stop telling me what to do ! ?
I know … your are probably reading this and going., “Great another person writing about it, Bloody social isolation.
Funny how words like “isolation ““social distancing ““curve “ flattening'” cruising “Corona “ and some other chosen run-of-the-mill words now cause you to gasp, step away, or even create disconnection and connection to people we have never met before .
Memoirs for future generations to read about .
A friendly neighbor whilst out on my walk , albeit 1.5 meters away from me past me and said “So how’s your isolation going ?”
(No one is talking about the weather anymore ) “Great ” I replied smiling. That’s the extent of my outdoor conversation these days .
2 years from now we will be talking about it. At dinner parties as we sit 50 cm apart saying .
“Do your remember when in 2020, the world went into isolation ? “
“All human beings had to lock themselves away from a ghostly virus which transported itself through and on people ! ”
“No one knew when this hideous ugly pimpled head of a virus would rear ! ”
“It would be hiding around corners, in nooks and cranny’s- the safest place to be was in our homes in isolation with our sanitizes and toilet paper stashes ! ”
My Island home
On a serious note – I understand outside my home of Australia – outside my safe sun burnt landscape, things are happening at a rapid rate and pace .
I am a part of it all as I watch through the lens of media channels in stillness.
A citizen of this world and feel like an ant in a billion part puzzle .
A small piece, included but thankfully excluded at the same time.
I have to stop my urge to watch the news too many times in the day – just for a moment to remain brave .
Was there a plan ?
Did it feel like there was an introduction ? A musical prelude or timely consideration to when lock down was to happen ?
It just felt like it … happened ? Or maybe I just didn’t notice the early warning signs or the flashing go-slow lights .
One day everything was “normal” and then it just wasn’t. What is even more of conundrum is facing whether what I was doing before was “not normal” as I feel much calmer these days in self isolation .
Into week 4 of isolation I have discovered a lot about myself in this time of lock down. Firstly, one of the things I am enjoying is being alone. There is also a big difference in being alone and being lonely. Maybe when I get to week 8 I will keep discovering other essential parts of my self. This is not the first time in my life I have been isolated through choice, so I have had a lot of practice .
I have discovered at this time though, I can never go back to how it was or how my Monday to Friday unfolded each day . The fast paced madness of driving to work and back , The wasted time spent on the road in traffic, and spending my day sitting in a closed in building with no windows. I was always wanting to work from home – it took a pandemic to answer my prayers 🙂
The 2 person rule
Being alone – your find things to do with just yourself, find things your like about self and things your don’t .Obviously you can’t do things your need a minimum of 2 people to do, like sitting on a see-saw for example ? Haha !
But all in all – I embarrassingly admit, I’m having a good time .
Just on a side note – Why is there a 2 person rule when going out walking ?
Didn’t a guy called Noah invent that one a while ago?
Is it because 2 makes a pair ?
Sorry, I do tend to digress when alone 🙂
I have heard some people do not like to be by themselves. I am not one of those.
I like to think of myself as a revolving and evolving human door, which loves the internal and the external equally .
Its only when i start talking out loud to myself in self isolation -thank goodness I can re direct my vocals to the dog 🙂