We’ve lapsed into a Groundhog Day loop. The days of the week no longer have any recognizable topography. Gone are the “Thank God It’s Friday” mountain top moments, the weekend crescendo on Saturday night, the Monday ramp-up. It’s all been blended into a homogeneous ebb and flow. It’s becoming bizarrely comfortable, strangely all the same. Who would have thought we could so easily slide into such a humdrum routine without getting restless. Walk, run, bike, Zoom meeting, lunch, Zoom, dinner, News, Zoom, TV, bed.
I just counted 26 days since our household started “social distancing”. Really? I can’t even believe that’s right – I had to recount to make sure. Where has the time gone?
If we were let loose tomorrow, I’d be in a panic. Wait, I’m not ready! I haven’t de-cluttered my closets yet, read those books stacked on my nightstand, cleared off my desk, sorted old photos or cleaned out the garage.
What have I been doing?
I’ve been acting like this will never come to an end – like we will have endless time for all these dull, rainy-day tasks. We’re in this for the long haul, so don’t blow through your to-do list in the first week. You have to save up some things for later.
Besides, thanks to Zoom, things haven’t slowed down that much for me during the day. All the fun classes, gatherings, lunches, cohousing project meetings have all moved to Zoom. So maybe I don’t really have any extra downtime for these extra catch-up activities after all?
The current Houston “Stay at Home” order says I have 20 more days to work off my to-list – until April 30th. Is it time to up the urgency on the to-do list? But what if that date gets moved to May, or June, or perhaps even brought forward? Hard to know how to plan.
Better cogitate on it a little longer – no need to be so hasty.