He wants to know how we relieve stress. Ha!
- Find something funny to watch. Movie, TV, whatever does it for you.
- If the movie doesn’t work for you, how about a book? I have a great selection of books that are funny, articulate, and all about time travel and history. Then, there are The Dresden Files.
- Take three scoops of ice cream or frozen yogurt, a splash of milk, a dash of vanilla extract, a big squeeze of syrup, and 3 tablespoons of malt — I think Nestle makes the best one. Blend it, drink it, and smile.
- Buy some special goodies from the lady who bakes those special cakes. Wow, what a great baker! Delicious! But don’t eat them for the yumminess because you’ll wind up flat on your ass. Now watch the movie. Anything by Mel Brooks works for me, but there are quite a few others.
- If none of this makes you relax, a really good night’s sleep can make a huge difference in the quality of life, especially if you have trouble sleeping.
I really read more than I watch. Actually, I don’t read. I listen. Not only is this easier on my permanently strained eyes, but it’s like having a movie in my head. A great narrator can really improve a book. Unfortunately, a bad one can ruin one. One of the best things about Audible.com is you can return bad books. I return quite a few every year — at least three or four. But I have 1500 audio book. Maybe more by now.
Did these lockdowns change us permanently? I think for we oldies, the answer is probably “yes.” It may not be true for younger people who have more years to recover. I know my mother lived through the pandemic of COVID in 1918 as did the rest of her big family.
I wish I’d understood more about pandemics then. I didn’t know enough to ask the right questions. I’m sure they could have told me a lot. I know my mother said that the flu epidemic was more deadly than World War I, which was the deadliest war in its day. I’m not sure if WW2 was bloodier and I don’t fell like looking it up, but I’m sure Google would know. Probably so would Alexa.
I don’t think I will ever completely shake off the effects of this. I was supposed to go to a wake today and I didn’t want to go. Not because I don’t care, but because I’m afraid of groups. I don’t know those people, whether or not they were vaccinated, who might be sick. I’m just trying to stay alive.
I don’t find the isolation awful. We haven’t been socially active in a while. From an activity viewpoint, life hasn’t been all that different but somehow, it feels different.
Maybe you know what I mean.