While I would never wish another shutdown on anyone, the Covid suspension of life as we know it did distill our lives. We got to experience time with minimal external input and few peripheral demands. I for one was delighted to teach without commuting up, down and sideways across the city, state, and globe. A thwarted college reunion transmuted from a frenetic weekend gathering into a yearlong string of online socials and presentations, resulting in new friendships. I am forever grateful to Zoom.
As we reenter society, armed with masks, vaccines, and a mix of fear and common sense, we can easily feel pulled in too many directions at once. Have a look at your weekly planner and let me know if that rings true.
Mixing it up can be exhilarating, and doing lots of things can make us feel like we are living fully. It can also lead to choice burnout: Social media or socializing? Friends or family? Vacay or stacay? Work or work out? Work it out! Decision making takes energy.