Being home for an extended time changes how you think about things. It’s hard not to try and figure out what has value in your life and what seems trivial. It’s an interesting moment of self-reflection and change. Some people are in a better position than others to withstand all of this. I don’t take any of it lightly.
I want to say that generally I don’t want to dwell too much on what is happening in the world. It’s good to think about other things right now and not just dwell on bad news.
I haven’t had a lot of free time actually, but I’ve been using chunks of quiet time at night to watch some sailing videos. Having never really sailed my curiosity grew from an interest in better understanding how to actually do it. It turns out that videos made of long solo sailing trips are pretty soothing to me right now for some reason. Maybe it’s the shared isolation we are all feeling to one degree or another.
One of the things that I think this strange time has taught me is to be more patient. Things aren’t going to happen immediately with all that is going on in the world. My expectations are being altered in a positive way. I think we are all becoming a bit less crazy about needing things happening instantly. We know life isn’t going to be back to normal in two business days and we are going to have to wait for it.
I think what we realized in this time of delayed gratification is an increased appreciation in all of the things that make up our lives. Maybe we will all start to savor life a little bit more. We won’t just grab the Instagram post and never actually think about that place or meal or trip again. We might start to actually be somewhere again. Sailing seems to sync with the pace of life right now. Moving along at 5 knots might just be the right speed.