I have a million reasons to be sad and scared with the shutdown of virtually everything in NYC and the entire country. I have just as many reasons to be grateful that my personal circumstances could be so much worse.
For right now I am trying to see this situation as a huge time-out, like we were all naughty little humans that got out of control and now we're grounded. I got grounded A LOT as a teenager, so I'm familiar with the feelings of isolation, loss, and FOMO before FOMO was a thing. I'm looking at this as a time to get around to the endless items on my personal to-do list, as well as touch on some of my more aspirational goals, and get shoved out of my routines and comfort zone.
Here are some of the things I intend to do on this forced break:
Run outdoors A LOT. Maybe even finally do a running streak. Gyms are closed, the weather is--THANK GOD!--warming up, and I'm out of work, so this is the perfect time to get back into running shape and get ready for a fall marathon. I've always had it in the back of my mind to do a running streak (run every single day), but schedules, weather, and just the effort of putting on a sports bra and running clothes every day makes it feel a little daunting. Now I've got all the time in the world to run, so as long as my body holds out, this is the perfect time.
Learn how to cook a whole chicken. I've never done it and have always wanted to. They're so cheap and provide so much protein for days. It's just laziness that I've never tried. But luckily for me, the only chicken left in the entire store was two whole chickens, so I grabbed one and now I hope I don't fuck it up.
Practice yoga and meditation at home every single day. Not every other day or a few times a week. I need both of these practices to keep me sane over the next several weeks (months??) trapped at home with my husband and toddler. It would be ideal if I could set up a schedule for myself to this end, and maybe even share my practice with others.
Post my workouts and yoga practices online at least a couple of times a week. This would be the hardest and most aspirational of goals on the list. I've been thinking about it for about 10 years and have never done it. I wish I had, especially now that everything is online, but maybe it's not too late to start. Even if it is, so what? If someone gets some motivation or ideas from my workouts, great.
Clean the fuck out of my house--baseboards, grout, all the nooks and crannies. And purge our belongings. Especially since we may well be leaving NYC as a result of this whole thing.
Potty train my child. I've been dreading it, but there truly could not be a better time to do it. Wish me luck.
Make serious headway on my TBR (=to be read) pile. From last year.
Catch up on this blog and write even more posts. Maybe even actually SHARE it publicly?? Who knows, all bets seem to be off these days!
Let's see how this goes.