I started this blog as a response to the shelter in place mandate placed on my hometown of San Francisco 21 days ago, on March 16. My initial thought was to use this as a space to both express myself and connect to others through a period of unknown, and my hope then was to end this exercise after 21 entries, when a semblance of normal life might return.
Clearly that has not been the case.
I wrote about discipline yesterday, and it has been much on my mind. When the external requirements of everyday life are removed – work, travel, gym, socializing – it’s too easy to get lost in the inertia of quarantine, the hours loose and disorganized. Like many with type A personalities, I do well with structure and deadlines and accountability. The amorphous creep of days in our isolation has been doubly challenging for me.
While I do have work to accomplish on a daily basis (at least for now, until my various projects on contract are complete), the challenge has been to create a schedule for my days that gave my days enough of a framework that wouldn’t revert to default and spend all of my time curled up in bed. And while I’ve found the things that give my days purpose – running, walking my dog, making sure family is doing okay, connecting to friends – this blog has given me a daily responsibility.
And so, while I had fully intended to go on hiatus after the first 21, it makes sense for me to continue for the next 21.
How do you adjust when plans change? Do you immediately jump to the new situations or do you experience resistance?
My task today: put on some makeup and do my hair. I find it’s easier to feel like I have my shit together when I’m put together, and I need that right now (done!)