After five years of travel, I am not on an extended vacation. The road is my home. It is like religion to me because it helps me fill in some of the gaping holes in what I know and believe. It feeds my spirit and challenges me. But now, I realize I may not be able to travel for what could feel like a long time. Although I don’t know how, my life is going to change.
Like all of the Bay Area this week, I have been “sheltered in place” (an odd use of language when you think about it). And so far, I am not very impressed with how I am using my time. I have had no revelations, no progress on my book, not even a completed jigsaw puzzle. I know the low grade malaise won’t last and I am trying to find ways to stay positive. Here are a few things I am liking so far that maybe you will like also….
Helping and connecting. I am keeping in touch with friends and family, and I took some goodies to a very good friend who can’t leave home. I want to feed the homeless or help a small bookstore survive or something, but I am in quarantine until March 31. That won’t be extended, right?
Finding great art and sharing it. I have been posting some really good art on my family’s group message site. I have not gotten much response, but I am going to keep doing it.
Finding ways to laugh. I spent three hours last night looking at funny videos, like Eddie Murphy doing Buckwheat and the “Birdie Num Num” scene from a Peter Sellers movie. Gabe is also really funny but you have to wait for it. Here’s an old favorite — Denver, the dog who ate the kitty treats.
Being grateful. Today, it’s the (not in person) conversations with friends and family. The purple tulips on my table. Playing online bridge with my buddy, Gary. The book I am reading called American Philosophy: A Love Story. I probably would not have read it a month ago but it is helping me think a little deeper about some important things. https://www.amazon.com/American-Philosophy-Story-John-Kaag/dp/0374537208/ref=sr_1_1?crid=BL4G4VOO9ZDJ&keywords=american+philosophy+a+love+story&qid=1584641639&sprefix=american+philosop%2Caps%2C223&sr=8-1
Dancing. The clubs and bars are closed, but the living room is open.