Someone posted a meme the other day that really resonated with me. It said:
“You don’t realize how antisocial you are
until there’s a pandemic and nothing much changes in your life.”
With this stay-at-home order in various cities around me and across the country, everyone is seemingly going stir-crazy. They aren’t used to being stuck at home, having nothing to do… but for weeks – nothing much has changed in MY life. I am still working from home like I’ve always done. My schedule hasn’t changed. I still drink my coffee, get to my computer no later than 8am, still put in about 9 hours per day, still eat lunch at my desk… ironically, everyone else’ free time benefits me because NOW they have time to focus on the work their websites needed. I am incredibly grateful for the work! I have money in the bank to cover bills for a couple of months. Thank you Lord!
But I have to admit, this schedule doesn’t do ANYTHING for my non-existent social life. I am really missing the tradeshows and book events right now, not being able to go out and sell and promote my books is a real bummer. I have a new book out that I can’t sell and that is disappointing because it’s the kind of story that will benefit the down-hearten right now. The Painting 3 e-book The Painting 3 Paperback
I also still don’t have time to work on jigsaw puzzles, play board games or get creative with crafts like I keep seeing on social media. I am actually quite grateful to everyone who posts the craziness they are doing to occupy their time because we ALL could use a nice laugh. With everyone being forced to stay home, social media has become more social. I think that is a very pleasant change.
At the end of the day, I “get off of work” and walk into the living room where my husband has the news on. I immediately get inundated with what is happening in the world and between dinner and other evening chores, I’m not getting many phone calls made, either. I’ve always been of the mindset that if I call someone and they are busy, then I am disturbing them and they are only pity talking to me. Sometimes I can hear it in their voice, how they’d rather be focusing on something else (or maybe that’s just my impression). I don’t like to call others without having a REAL reason – and then I tend to get right to the point and forego the regular banter. That’s why I’m called a workaholic.
But I DO cherish my friends! So I want to thank all those friends, who call, text, email or tag me on social media – Thank you for remembering me. Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. You all are always on my heart, even if I am working too much, and seem antisocial by not calling. Just know, I will always gladly take your phone call. I will always listen, and I will always be there if you need me.