Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Social distancing status: expert

When I read about how people are saying their lives have changed drastically and how devastated they are that they have to practice social distancing, I have to wonder:  is there something wrong with me?

Was anyone else a "social distancer" before there was a word for it?

I like wide open spaces with no people in them.  If there are people rummaging around in their cars getting ready when I arrive at a trailhead, I hurry to get on the trail so I don't have to walk awkwardly behind them or attempt to pass.  I've been known to abandon a hike when there are "too many cars" at the trailhead, and go somewhere else.  I dream of working from home instead of going to the office.  My ideal snowboarding day would be a chair lift all to myself.

I rarely go out to restaurants, mostly to save money but also because I don't live very close to any (if I could walk or bike to one I might).  I like being at my house; it's cozy and there are sweet cats there.

Don't get me wrong; I'm not a Billy No Mates (a term I learned from some British people on a trek in Nepal; it means someone with no friends). I have a small group of friends: they are mostly the kind of people who want to go for hikes instead of to coffee shops or bars.  They also understand the need for alone time.

If nothing else, this virus has shown me once again how different people are.  Where I live, there is a vocal majority that insists it's "just a cold" or "a conspiracy" and refuses to change habits, day drinking at the bars and proclaiming that because schools are closed they are still going to take their kids everywhere in the community.  Then there are the usual TP hoarders.  Interspersed (but not too close, 6 feet away please) are the people more like me: cautious but not panicky, using this time to get out in the woods and enjoy the solitude.

Are you a social distancer or more of an extrovert? Have you changed your routine at all? Please stay healthy, everyone.

P.S.  If you are in danger of losing your job or getting sick, that's a whole different story and as someone who has been unemployed/furloughed before, I'm empathetic! What I'm talking about here is having to stay home more...which to me is not a hardship.


10 comments:

  1. I'm more of an introvert anyway so staying home is mostly OK...except for when I want to run out and wander through Target. Yes our Target is still open but I ain't going out anywhere like that.

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    1. Ours is open too, so is the Walmart but I'm distancing from those places too!

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  2. I have been working at home this week and not going out. I have had a couple of visitors but it has been mostly me and the cat. I don't like it. I spend enough time alone already but here in Michigan I do not see it changing any time soon.

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    1. The cat probably likes that you are home!

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  3. I write a weekly "In the Community" email listing of diversity and multicultural events going on around here. For the first time ever, there are no events and the community centers are closed. So, instead, I'm including information and links to resources, especially for parents and kids; virtual concerts; 300,000 books you can download for free from the New York Public Library; where the city has set up free WiFi; what the bus system is doing (and not doing), etc. A new way of networking, for sure. Stay well, Knees, and keep distancing.

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    1. That's nice about the books! I've heard you can get new movies on demand somehow too since the theatres have closed.

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  4. I call myself an introverted extrovert, lol! I do prefer solo runs and time to myself. So I completely get where you are coming from. I don't get the doubters, though. Of course, we are seeing it exploding here in Chicago. So it's a different story than in a rural region.

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    1. I don't get it either. I know it will be here eventually. Tomorrow all the restaurants and gyms close.

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  5. I've been working from home this week (my office is closed) and I'm actually enjoying it. It's much quieter and less interruptions. But I am worried about my elderly parents and immune system compromised son. And my son-in-law who might lose his job. I really hope that this virus passes quickly with minimal people falling ill.

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    1. I'm worried about other folks too. There are cases in my town now.

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