Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I've been locking myself down until I think it's safe to go out again. To alleviate fear and stress, my writer's group has put together a daily “morning pages” get-together on Zoom in order to touch base before starting the day. Here's some of my brief thoughts.
So today's prompt (which I woke up in time to hear) is how have my social skills changed during the 140+ days of quarantine. One peep went on a trip of some sort for 5 days with a group of 8 people (all COVID tested beforehand), and apparently there's some loss of social finesse. I think for me there has to be some social finesse to lose in the first place before I can actually say whether the pandemic has changed things (lol), but in truth I think I've become a good deal quieter this year. I've kind of gotten used to silence over multiple days and not really talking to people. The lack of a strong, in-person social network means I go days without talking to people. Family isn't very talkative either, so I end up just not talking. The nice thing is, I do talk to my fellow coworkers during the days I'm at work, so I should still be able to self-maintain over time.
Kind of crazy how the pandemic might last years if we vote for Trump again (a very real possibility, I personally fixed his chances at 90% for re-election), so the ability to self-maintain is really important.