At first this decree had little affect on me since I lead a solitary and simplified lifestyle. I stopped teaching my boxing classes which I really miss. I did a 7 day water fast. I've read a few books. I've started some carpentry projects like building a headboard for my guest bedroom (when having guests becomes a possibility again).
In spite of all the craziness, I managed to buy another rental property just before covid scares shut down the real estate industry. I had to sign my documents in the lobby of the the title company with masks on.
This time of social distancing came during Lent which means 'Spring' in German. It is supposed to mean the time of renewal when life returns after the coldness of Winter. It was sad to celebrate Easter alone and in isolation.
Fear breeds a scarcity mindset. Things like toilet paper, food, and face masks became objects of selfish desire. I had an old man yell, "get away from me" for walking outside without my mask. Oddly, people are simultaneously more mistrusting and kind.
I'm not sure how this whole pandemic will play out, but I intend on focusing on the things that I can control such as remodeling my new Dallas investment. It's nice to have a purpose to wake up to each day with new challenges with small steps of visible progress.
I have also observed more people taking time to walk about their neighborhoods and spend time with loved ones, which is definitely a good thing. I too have begun to look forward to my daily nature walks. When the country goes back to a regular schedule I hope to continue my walks as I find great benefits in mind, body, and spirit from them.
I hope to see my old friends again soon in good health, and have faith that when this is over that we will be somehow stronger. In the mean time on this rainy Memorial Day I will pray for the nearly 100,000 lives lost here in the US and the millions affected world wide.