Some people are dropping off the social internet.
I get it. We’re all fatigued by the constant bombardment of ever-changing news.
Although I believe in staying informed, I do sometimes scroll mindlessly, which, given we are starting day 8 of quarantine here (for my family specifically – many of our friends just returned from spring break and are at the beginning of the staying home movement) is hardly surprising. We’re still adapting to social distancing and its emotional and mental effects.
It hasn’t been easy but for me, an introverted homebody to begin with, not that hard either. Having the family around constantly has been a learning curve but again, we’re managing. Mostly.
I do get sucked into twitter at times which is equally depressing and fun. Mostly it’s interspersed with politics and exasperation but also inspiration and downright funny stuff.
For instance, today I learned how bats pee. 😂
They hang upside down, minding their own business, and when they get the urge to pee they do this sit-up-like maneuver and, um, release. If they didn’t, they’d pee all over themselves…😳
Did you know bats pee this way? I didn’t. Lol. 😄
There are also many fun animal and pet clips coming through on twitter. Quite a few are showing clear exasperation in dog and cat faces that there is no longer any peace to be had, especially in households with children. 😄
This stuff makes me smile (a little).
I think to combat a downward spiral here, I’m going to tune in a couple of times a day to a few trusted sources and the rest of the time do things away from the news. I will still read, both on and offline, and write, and all the rest of it, but it’s been a week of almost no structure and this can’t go on.
The kids will most likely be given school work via online methods in the coming weeks, probably for the remainder of the school year. This is a little sombering – the tweens and teens are a social bunch and now? All that’s on hold. 😞 My son’s first year in high school is coming to a screeching halt. He was just getting settled…
My partner was sent an email by his employer yesterday that they are looking for volunteers to retire early. He teaches post-secondary courses in aviation (he’s a pilot with industry experience). When he told me, I thought here we go, layoffs are next. (He’s likely not the one they want to retire early, there are many who are much closer to retirement than he is.)
So I’m keenly aware that life as we knew it is changing. This isn’t a pause. It’s not a temporary disruption.
I choose to look at this as an opportunity to embrace a new, and better way to live life. To focus on less self-absorption and vanity. Less on fluff and useless excess. But more on innovation, practicality and nature.
Does it feel like nature is rebelling and taking back control?
It feels like this to me.
They reported the canals in Venice haven’t been this clear in recent memory. They can see fish! Air pollution in populated metropolitan cities have decreased dramatically. There are less cars on the road. Despite huge drops in the price of gas.
Nature is left alone more and is recuperating while the human population practices social distancing.
Open a window; in most of the world you will hear bird song.
So that’s where I’m at.