This is the week where everything changed. At least for a while. Both my wife and I started full-time teleworking. My oldest son was already doing distance learning, so the main adjustment he’s had to deal with is having all of us in the house all day long. We’ve got our office set up with equipment and have made ourselves as comfortable with our work environments as we can be.
As someone who deals with anxiety this time has certainly had it’s challenges. It’s not because I’m not comfortable working remote (I’ve been a huge advocate of it for years), but because of the reason why. There’s this sense of feeling “trapped” by the situation, and by all of the news around it. As someone who’s an extrovert, and loves to get out and explore and surround myself with the energy of humanity, this is tough.
I have been putting some daily practices in place. I’ve been getting out for a run and bike ride every day (except Friday as a rest day on my body). Plus, I’ve been walking to a local park each day to play my Pokemon Go and Harry Potter games. In many ways I’ve been getting more exercise now than in the past few weeks, so that’s good. The weather is getting nicer each week, so hopefully soon we can open up all the windows and freshen everything up.
I’ve been trying to use technology even more to keep in touch with folks. On Wednesday we did a Beer & Bikes video hangout where we all sat around drinking beer and chatting, much like a typical Wednesday. A friend of mine has opened up himself to chats for folks whenever needed. I’m also planning to do a few YouTube live streams for fun over the coming weeks to connect with folks. I’m also going to try and write more here on the blog as a bit of a discipline to keep myself creating, as well as posting more to Instagram and maybe committing to at least one new photo per day.
I know this will all pass. We’re doing what we need to do to control the spread of something very dangerous. In fact for the first time in history we’re in a position to actually make an impact on a global pandemic like this, because of technology. Although it will be rough on a lot of different parts of the economy, because of the tools we have we can actually keep many businesses up and running as usual. It’s a wild time to be alive.
I hope that you’re doing well in all of this, and I can’t wait to spend more time around people at some point. We’ll all get through this, and hopefully be better to one another on the other side.