Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Southern California & Baja California
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Today, out of the blue, Momi said, "I'm really starting to enjoy this home isolation." My first thought was......APRIL FOOL! But Momi is an intelligent, thoughtful, introspective person, so I said, "what do you mean?" She said she was serious and didn't mean what she said in a perverse way. She had been to Trader Joe's this morning to purchase groceries. (for those of you who don't know Trader Joe's but thankful. They are a VERY popular specialty grocery store and they are addictive - exotic groceries at wonderful prices. They are a division of ALDI'S but only better) She went to their store this morning, first time in a month, it is usually once a week, and found them busy but could easily maintain 20 ft between people. She wore rubber gloves and took plenty of hand cleaner. She was the only person in line at checkout. She said the store was well stocked and had everything on her shopping list. She said she purchased about 3 or 4 weeks of groceries. She had been dreading this trip but it turned out to be a pleasant adventure, doing the same things, but in a different way. She said she is starting to enjoy this isolated way of life because it is forcing her review what is most important to her, to look at things from a different perspective, to be creative in problem solving, and to force her out of complacency that she had been accustomed to in her relative life of ease. She finds the new kind of living stimulating, challenging, and in a sense, rewarding. Rather than being unhappy, she is finding it euphoric as she settles into this isolated way of life. She said she is prepared to spend the rest of her life this way, if that's what it takes, because she is a survivor. In fact, if life ever does get back to "normal", she will probably continue doing many of the things she is doing now because she actually enjoys it (like never buying toilet paper again!). She reminded me that we have done this before for two years while isolated on a remote South Pacific island - didn't speak the language in the beginning, undependable groceries, no electricity, often days of boredom interrupted by incidents of terror, no immediate medical services................and we not only survived but learned to adapt and THRIVE, there was no other alternative that was acceptable to us.
Yeah, so Momi is "enjoying" this home isolation and I understand what she means. Home delivery of groceries may be a future trend. "E-appointments" with your doctor and on-line education at every level may become common place the future. ZOOM meetups with HF members may become a weekly occurrence. Who knows where this could lead if we are willing to adapt. So, yes, GO MOMI GO! And that is no April Fool joke.
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