I'm really amazed at and inspired by the singularly unselfish act of self-isolation by most people so far (two weeks). After a few days of going out for my early morning runs, I quickly stopped that, seeing how dangerous it was, even though I saw almost no one out and figured that overnight the virus would have receded. I was further chagrined by listening to updates from Andrew Cuomo, who convincingly reinforced with great conviction the stay at home order.
Seeing other businesses shift their focus to selling online got me thinking I should do the same. But I'm still wondering if that is responsible, since I am so small, I would have to interface with the post office to ship orders (or have UPS pick them up). Either way, it's exposure and maybe I can just wait until the danger is past by taking myself out of circulation. But can I afford it, since stores aren't open and thus not selling my designs? And are people even buying clothes right now?
I guess I will use the time to sketch new designs. And make a few samples and start wearing them around the house to test them out. I will take pictures and you can tell me what you think! Meanwhile, I have been painting and here's a sampling of pieces I've done during the SIP:
At midnight, they ordered shelter in place for Alameda county and surrounding counties. I think its a good idea and if we stick to it, we might see the virus subside more quickly. At least that is the hope.
In the meantime, I've been looking for ways to cope and spend my time during this disruption. Sure, I think about all the things I miss. I've been noticing how wonderful the air has become with less traffic. It changed almost immediately. We've been having gorgeous clouds, skies, sunrises, and sunsets. The plants and animals seem to be thriving and I can really enjoy nature and being part of it. One way I decided to get out there (in a legal way) is order a pair of running shoes and get out there early. That's been really helpful in beating back any blues I may have suffered had I done nothing and lamented on those activities I miss so much. And the people that go along with them.
I did go visit my parents right before the lockdown and went for a hike/picnic with a nice man I've been spending quality time with (a dance partner from Tango). I have regular texts and phone calls from a few friends and family, so I am VERY blessed. I try to check in on the news less and less each day so I can focus on what I'd like to be doing, instead of being concerned with "recent developments". The developments will develop.
I did a bit of purging, cleaning and organizing. Did some baking and checking the food stores so I could be ready for the lockdown. Because I'm out of a job again, I need to look for one of those. Also got a really good book recommended by a close friend. It's about Chakra Systems, so there's a lot to learn there! And I broke out my watercolors to paint. So, there are many things to keep me occupied. It reminds me of those New England winters and springs where we were inside for weeks and months and had to discover how to spend our time indoors. That was before the internet, though and we really could be more creative with our time and energy.
I hope you are also finding the silver linings in this time, and patience and gratitude for life itself.