What a Year! Week 53 in the Time of Coronavirus
I am befuddled. The last thing I need is an hour of lost sleep. And, yet, one less hour of living in a pandemic sounds pretty good. The common rationale for the perpetuation of daylight savings time is extended daylight. Sunlight has been invaluable to us these past twelve months. Sunrises, sunsets, and the shades of illumination while outdoors have provided medicinal assets in this time of Coronavirus. So, we will sacrifice an hour’s sleep for lighter days.
Daylight savings time comes as we noted an anniversary that we could never have imagined. We didn’t want to mark the passing of this previous pandemic year. I’ve been hearing about the discomfort that can’t be explained as our bodies feel the weight of this past year deep in our cells. Many of us have felt ‘off.’ I forgot to answer important emails. I was a bit achy, walking slower than usual. But the walks helped, as they always do.
Aside from the events and socialization we missed this past year, we are equally missing acquaintances and arbitrary human contact. Even on my walks, while I pass people, mask wearing has obscured some fundamental assessment of others. Not only do I not recognize most people, even the regular park dwellers, but, for me, the masks obscure my mind’s ability to gauge the whole picture. Although I cherish some parts of this new found anonymity, I don’t like the absence of fully assessing the moods and character of those around me.
The simple day to day acknowledgment from one human to another has been significantly curtailed. There have been limited or no interactions that are merely casual. We miss those who we saw at the stores we frequented. We miss the service people who we might have seen infrequently, but who we came to expect when the circumstance arose. We miss speaking to strangers. Well, perhaps we miss the option to speak with certain strangers. And most of us miss the everyday familiarity we came to expect on our commutes, our routines, and our outings.
Perhaps now that the days are longer and the sun brighter, I will attempt to look above the masks into strangers’ eyes, enjoying the sun sparkling off them. Pre-pandemic looking into the eyes of strangers was deemed rude. Now it is how we smile to one another. I may not take in the big picture, so I will rely on a small snapshot of the light, the eyes, a passing connection, with Spring in the air.
- Play. We forget to play thinking that’s child’s business. Yet, celebrating our child within can be pure joy.
- Quit. If there is something you think you should be doing, but you really don’t want to, and it’s a specific requirement you put on yourself, just leave it. I’ve been quitting books I don’t like.
- Move. Sitting at our desk or having a static position can cause stiffening. Move a bit, whether you go for a run, simply sway your arms or do the twist, it all helps to loosen us up.
- Hug. If you live alone, stretch your arms around your torso and give yourself a hug. If you live with others, and both you and they are amenable, exchange a nice hug.