For some reason, a desire to take stock has risen in me. Maybe because if the pandemic was a pregnancy, the baby would be born by now and looking around. Maybe because the year mark is approaching. I’m imagining a change and yet unable to imagine it. And although I respect the advice to just keep going, I’m also curious about the details of that.
So, tell me if you want to:
What have you learned about yourself since the start?
Are you doing anything that helps you that you think would help other people?
Just post in the comments or write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In both cases, I’ll be creating blog posts from these.
Just finished a manuscript of poems I was finally able to focus on during lockdown time. Am standing in my pjs now looking around at the dust and scratching my head.
I’m struggling to accept that it’s okay for me to enjoy isolation and self-absorption without apology. My interaction with the world, aside from my horses whom I visit for hours every day, has become mostly reading what people write, along with writing the occasional comment. I’m still hesitant and self-conscious about publishing my own writing, so it mostly stays in my head, but I did take a couple of online writing workshops and even liked what I wrote. In one of the workshops, we didn’t share what we wrote, which was a relief at the time, but now I notice myself wanting to share it. So all in all, having the freedom to isolate has allowed me to identify a desire to express myself. I don’t know if that would’ve happened without the isolation being sanctioned as a good thing and not an antisocial thing.
Thanks for responding! I may re-blog this later, too, in the the body of a blog poece with some overview.