Over the past few days, I’ve repeatedly thought how little I felt the quality of my life has been adversely impacted by COVID concerns. Sure, there are a few inconveniences, but they are relatively minor, and they are balanced against some benefits. Wondered if anyone else feels the same.
At the outset, I’m fortunate to not be in a high risk category, or responsible for anyone who is. I’ve also never been a terribly social person. I generally try to avoid crowds, and rarely go to restaurants/bars.
There are only a couple of things I’d normally do that I have not done due to COVID.
-I have a kid in California (I’m in IL). We went out there in March just when this thing started. We don’t see each other ALL the time, but I assume they woulda flown her this past summer. On the plus side, we’ve been phoning/zooming w/ her more frequently than before.
-I used to play music every Sat morning in big jams at a farmer’s market and in a coffee shop. I miss that, but a smaller group of us has been meeting in one person’s yard. And I’ve been playing more and different types of music with my wife and 3 other people, as well as my band. So I’m possibly playing more music than ever before.
-We used to go out at least 1-2x a month to see live music. That is gone.
But on the plus side:
-I’m very fortunate that my paychecks have kept coming uninterrupted.
-Even tho I had a short commute, working at home has saved some money and time. We’ve been able to spend whatever we wanted on whatevre we thought might improve the quality of our lives.
-I welcome the slower pace resulting from fewer obligations.
-I’ve had no interruptions of things I like to do - riding bikes w/ my sister, walking and training a new pup, seeing my daughter’s family, vacationing at a remote family property…
-Sure, I’ve been watching too much TV, but I’ve also taken the opportunity to read more than before, and play more/different music.
-We have a very limited group of couples whom we feel comfortable socializing with.
I imagine things will become more challenging as cold weather and cabin fever set in, but to be honest, the quality of our lives is not significantly worse than pre-COVID, and in many respects, might even be better. We often felt out of touch with what we perceived as an overly overscheduled/consupmtion oriented society. It almost makes me feel guilty to say so when so many are experiencing significant challenges. To some extent, our predispositions and choices over time have contributed to our current contentment.
Anyone else feeling similarly?