My last check-in was almost 6 weeks ago. I tell you, I don’t know where the time goes. This is nuts, but this week I’ve officially been working from home for 5 whole months.
I have to admit: I like the ‘working from home’- part. I like the slowed-down pace of my day. I don’t have ‘cabin fever’. I like being at home, I like our backyard and neighborhood, I like our routine. I am not saying that I want to go on like this forever (surely not!), but I am still not at a point where I am willing to take unnecessary risks. We are still staying at home, mostly, and don’t leave the house for anything other than grocery shopping every two weeks, walking/running, and doctor’s appointments.
I posted about my grocery shopping routine on Instagram last week and someone commented that they couldn’t imagine just going to the store once a week, let alone every other week.
Granted, the comment was from someone who lives in Germany, and while they are still required to still wear masks at the store, restrictions have been lifted there quite a bit and people don’t feel uncomfortable going shopping more often.
As for me, I am still not willing to spend time around other people any more than absolutely necessary. Until California (and the US) get their case numbers under control, I am staying in lockdown mode.
Maybe you think this is unnecessary, but you know what I find unnecessary? Selfishness. Putting myself and others in danger for some slight convenience or a moment of “normalcy”. Nothing is normal, and not thinking about the common good in this situation feels selfish.
I see people go on vacation and weekend trips (and believe me, I get it, some people need to get out and I am not judging them), but you have to acknowledge that this happens on the back of those people who voluntarily decide to stay home or, sadly, can’t afford to go anywhere because they are out of jobs and struggling to pay their rent.
People argue that restaurants and hotels and tourist destinations have to survive, too. Yeah, I get that, but it just feels like we’re dragging this out unnecessarily. If we could have just all sat tight for a little while to stop this virus in its tracks, I am convinced we would have been much farther along at this point.
Maybe I am just jealous because I was someone who had to cancel their summer trip with their whole family because of COVID-19. That’s possible, too. I am afraid that, as people venture out more and more, they get lulled into a sense of security, because things seem okay and nobody has gotten sick (yet). But every time you venture out, you’re putting yourself (and others) at risk. And I still keep thinking that if we all just pulled together and collectively acted reasonably for a little while, we’d get through all this faster.
Do you think I am overly cautious? Maybe I am, but I don’t have much trust right now that things are really looking up yet. Of course, some national leadership wouldn’t hurt. It boggles my mind that Trump still downplays this pandemic and hardly mentions all the people that have already lost (and will lose) their lives to this virus. It’s like, he doesn’t even care. I guess he’s too busy trying to figure out what else he can tear apart in this country (e.g. the Postal Service). But I digress.
Things are okay, friends. I am always happy when I can report that there is not much new around here, because right now, no news is good news.
How are things in your corner of the world? Have you gone on trips? To restaurants?