Social Distancing Day 12

It was a very sunny,  if cold day today here in Cambridge. The roommates and I took advantage of the weather and took a nice long walk. Some people were out and about, mostly people with pets or children, and everyone seemed to be keeping proper social distance. Unfortunately, not everyone in Boston appears to be doing the same. For the last few days I was letting my hopes rise that Massachusetts might not need stricter measures since we seem to faring well so far, but I’m not so sure about that anymore.

Twitter continues to be a source of alternating rage, anxiety and depression, and the only way to win is to not play the game. I managed a good day with that today. Spent two hours talking (via Zoom) with friends from graduate school. Watched an episode of Lost in Space (the newest version, on Netflix, I’m rewatching Season 1 before I watch Season 2). All in all, I have to say that it’s been a pretty good weekend. I did probably more “socialization” than I would do in a normal weekend, it was just all in front of screens.

Something I’m noticing is a sense of stagnation, or pause, and not in a good way. It feels like everything is on hold, even though I know that time is still passing, there are things I have (and want) to do, and goals I want to achieve. I don’t expect myself to do things at the pace I would if things were normal, and some things I can’t do at all, but for other things (work in particular) I want to be moving at more of a normal pace. Right now, I don’t know how to do that. It’s fundamentally hard to deal with periods of crisis like this, where so much is out of our control. I think the best we can expect is to do a little better tomorrow than we did yesterday.

So we’ll see how I do tomorrow. Till then, stay sane, stay safe, and take care of each other.

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