[My COVID-19 Diary]: Two weeks in and not much has changed
Paul & I began our self-quarantine a couple of weeks ago. I was already in self-imposed isolation since the 1st of December, but he started working from home about two weeks ago.
Nothing is different for us since we already spent almost 24/7 together anyway. We had already started having our groceries delivered due to our late-night work schedules.
We both work here, but we have separate workspaces. He has his own office (spare bedroom) and I prefer to work out in the living room, not far from the fireplace and only a few steps away from the coffee pot.
I know some people are having a difficult time being with their loved ones in such close quarters nearly 24/7, but we are used to it since we have done it for years. There's nobody I'd rather spend time with than each other; I think that's the key.
The dogs, of course, are beside themselves with delight that we are home with them all the time -- just like we were for the two years we lived in the RV. These floofers couldn't be happier.
Things you learn from this type of situation:
- You learn to appreciate simplicity.
- You learn to sit with yourself (however uncomfortable that might be at first).
- You learn to see the other person as multi-dimensional and delightfully imperfect.
- You learn that while you are together, you are also independent individuals.
- You learn the ebb and flow of working at home and -- surprisingly -- how you become more productive when you are alone and not in an office full of people.
- You learn to appreciate silence and the absence of social cacophony.
- You learn about yourself. Or, perhaps, you re-learn who you are and rediscover parts of yourself that you'd forgotten or tried to hide from yourself.
- You learn that you can run away from a lot of things, but you can never truly escape yourself.
- If you're fortunate, you learn to love the more difficult parts of yourself -- as well as others who are quarantined with you.
- You learn these things and many others besides.
There are blessings and lessons in this rare, unexpected time of social distancing & quarantine. It's up to you to recognize them and meditate on their meaning.
Stay safe and healthy, friends.