The thing is, I like staying home alone, and without the need to prove to myself that I can go out, I’m more relaxed. The cat’s pleased with this arrangement as well.
All my favourite extroverts are finding new ways to connect, and I love that too. Their creativity and relentless cheer make me happy. I’m suddenly surrounded by others with similar homebody habits, and enlivened by the diminished bustle of climate-warming vehicles. It’s easier to cross the darn road. It feels almost suburban. Almost civilised, in a truly human sense.
My friends and I check in with each other more often than usual. Some feared I would get lonely, but there’s too much going on here. Some of us are bored easily, and I’m practised at creating problems to solve, so win/win.
And yes, the internet and home phone are working again. The company is prioritising outages over minor issues, so it was dealt with relatively promptly. It still required me to engage in Ethernet cable games. Bygones… Amazing how productive I became while it was unavailable.
Do I miss social media? No, the F site was more trouble than it was worth. I’m willing to sacrifice memes for serenity. And the Inst site and I never really found our groove. It felt hollow. Most of the time with those I was questioning why I was there and what on earth others saw in it. I had to try too hard to make it work for me. My brain’s wired differently, perhaps.
I did miss the chatting and friends’ photos though, so I’ve resumed old school emailing and snail mailing. I print pics and make my own postcards. I know, a tad quaint. It’s sweet to receive such things from others. I still appreciate the homemade. A jar of still-warm pickles was left on my letterbox this week, and today I rediscovered sewing tutorial videos. It’s time to make masks for friends and family.
Do you currently prefer online or offline activities? Are you returning to old hobbies? Starting new ones? (Maybe I missed your posts on this topic during my Internet outage, so feel free to point me in that direction.)
I know we’re not all at home, and I want to thank everyone involved in essential services, including those that routinely go unacknowledged. Let’s hope that curve gets good and flat, real quick.