The last three weeks have been spent in self-isolation due to the coronavirus. Looking at the models, it appears I’ll be hunkered down for at least four weeks more. Like a lot of you, there are many things I desperately miss: dinner out with friends, playing softball, and writing at my regular table in my favorite neighborhood diner. But when this began, the plan was to approach the experience as though the opportunity arose to study at a Shaolin Temple or spend time in a cabin at Walden Pond. (Alone time = Thoreau time.) Those goals led to others which were developed along the way. For anyone who is interested, here's what they are...
When This Is All Over…I hope to be wiser than when I began. This means curating my learning, practicing thinking time, and cracking open a lot of great books.
When This Is All Over… I want to weigh less than I did when I began. It could only be one pound less; I hope it is seven pounds less. But even if it's only one ounce less, it is a win.
When This Is All Over…the sources of income that were reduced, disappeared, or threatened, need to be replaced with more “pandemic proof” alternatives.
When This Is All Over…I want to adapt to change better. Routines are great, and good habits are always good habits. But being comfortable with ambiguity and more open to change are fine traits as well.
When This Is All Over…I’m going to hit the first pitch I see a very, very, very, long way…
When This Is All Over…I desire to be more emotionally mature. When people say things like, “See it was all an overreaction. It’s really was just like the flu,” I’m hoping I don’t respond by asking them if they’ve recently had a lobotomy. Hopefully, I’ll simply smile and say, “Isn’t it great.” When some brainwashed Sean Hannity viewer says, “Thanks to President Trump’s quick actions and decisive leadership, we prevented at least two million more people from dying,” I’m hoping I don’t respond by asking them if they really are that fucking stupid. Hopefully, I’ll simply smile and say, “Isn’t it great.”
When This Is All Over…on the first night possible, I want to treat my best friends to a leisurely dinner at Lario’s on the Beach.
When This Is All Over… quiero hablar mejor Español et parle aussi mieux le français que lorsque je suis arrivé.
When This Is All Over…I’m going back to Key West, Prague, Paris, Oslo, Hawaii, Sydney, and Thailand. And going to discover some beautiful new places as well.
When This Is All Over…I hope the people closest to me who needed assistance during the crisis will remember they were able to count on me. The drivers and workers who provided necessities and the people who needed an encouraging word, a paycheck to stay home, or some help with groceries.
When This Is All Over…my home survival kit for next time needs to be better prepared than it was this time around.
When This Is All Over…I’ll remember those we lost, let the memories of them be a blessing, and honor their lives. I pledge to never become a member of any political party again. To perform my responsibilities as a citizen as the sacred duty they are. I will study the issues, vet the candidates, and support, volunteer and vote for the ones I believe in. This means standing for term limits, eliminating dark money, balancing budgets, access to health care, equal opportunity, and better preparation for crisis situations.
When This Is All Over…I want to consume less things that are harmful or toxic to me. Whether that is food, entertainment, news, or people.
When This Is All Over…I must be even more grateful: Celebrate every sunrise, savor every sunset, and be more in the moment with loved ones. Increased appreciation not just for the heroic first responders, but also those delivery drivers, grocery store employees and the multitudes of other who keep our society running, even in dark times. The goal is to learn from the past, intend the future, but always celebrate the present.
That’s what I plan to do, have, and become when this is all over. What about you?