A regular Saturday.
After all of the adjustment to this strange experience, today was a surprisingly average day for me. Before the onset of quarantine and social distancing, a Saturday without any work-related functions was always one of my most treasured things. Today felt almost like one of those normal days to me.
I slept in late, made coffee, checked email and social media, and then curled up with a book for a while. I stayed in my pajamas for nearly the entire day, but that’s something I would have done anyway despite this forced isolation.
I finally got out of my own way and revitalized my personal YouTube channel by shooting and posting a new video today. This one was me making a cocktail, and I did get dressed up for that. So I finally got out of the pajamas and put on a nice suit for the video shoot.
I had an easy lunch of leftovers and then did something similar for dinner. I chatted with friends online and answered a bunch of personal emails. I am avoiding – and will continue to avoid – checking anything related to work until I am officially ‘back in the office’ on Monday morning. Again, that’s something I would do on a normal Saturday anyway.
I suppose today is the first time in the past 11 days of isolation that I have felt – more or less – normal.
I am still checking the news, only ten minutes a day, and of course I am aware of all that’s going on. But I realize that as I am here alone in my apartment, I cannot do anything to change what’s happening. I can only continue to live my life in the best way possible and to find as much positive and as much good as possible.
Those who know me know that I post on Facebook every day a list of five things I am grateful for. I have been doing that daily since January 1, 2012. That ongoing and persistent focus on gratitude has truly helped to re-pattern my neural pathways. All humans have a negativity bias – it’s built in to our DNA. Mine was particularly strong and is still there, but nearly eight years of working diligently to reframe my thoughts has truly shifted that bias for me. I still have bad moments, but my ‘default’ is no longer a negative one. My new default is far more measured and balanced.
This current crisis is proving to me that all the work I have done over the years to become more positive and to focus more on gratitude has finally started to pay clear dividends.
So today, I feel almost like I had a normal Saturday. And tonight I am going to binge watch a little Netflix or Amazon Prime, have some wine, and just feel grateful that I am healthy and relatively happy with myself and my life.
It’s only Quarantine if it comes from the Quarante province of France. Otherwise, it’s just Sparkling Isolation.