We live in a faced paced world. We live in a world with calendars filled in not by the day, but by the hour. Color coded for family members and grids filled up. We schedule play dates for our kids. For many parents, their second job of being chauffer starts right when school gets out – practices, school events, music lessons, tutoring, etc, etc. We even schedule our exercise and running. Down to the last detail, our days are filled.
Filled with exactly what is the question? Filled with things that bring us joy? Filled with busy work? Filled with things to keep our kids busy and off screens? Filled…. Filled…. Filled.
What happens when those grids of activities, filled up calendars of events and appointment and expectations of places we “have to be at” come crashing down. What happens when it seems like the world literally and figuratively comes to a stop?
That is when we realize what is important? Will we be ok with the silence? Are we happy with the people that we are surrounded with? Can you take a moment to reflect if everything you think you should be doing are things that you actually need to do?
Every year since before I was married, I’ve taken a 2 to 3 week camping trip with my husband and his family. We go to a lake near Canada where we basically remove yourself from day to day drama. There is no cell reception at the lake and only wi-fi when you drive to town. I always come back from that vacation feeling rejuvenated and refressed.
We can use this time to do the same. Obviously this is very different circumstances. Obviously and with good reason people are worried not just for themselves but their loved ones as well. This is not a peaceful time in that sense because there is much to think about besides health. Some people need to worry about financial strains too. Some are just trying to find toilet paper. As I said before, it’s getting real now.
While like others, I am disappointed in races being cancelled; I understand the reasoning and justification. If there is one thing I am going to use this social distancing for is to get some reading in that I’ve been too “busy” to do. I’m also planning to find time to hit the trails since I will have the time. The trails are always a great place to run with others but also run alone. The weather is turning for the better and I can’t wait to lace up and get out on the trails this week. Now is a great time to reflect on what we should fill our calendars with when the world starts back up again which it will.
What are you doing with your “social isolation” time?