It turns out I’m really good at isolating socially. I have my wife and son to be around at home, and that seems to be just right. Hanging out with friends occasionally is also very important, but it is something that can be put off for a little bit when the state unconstitutionally closes businesses and tells everybody to stay in their house, and China causes the world to crumble with SARS-CoV-2.
Working remotely has gone very well for the past seven years that I’ve done it. Fortunately my current role is a remote role. That’s worked quite well with the whole isolation thing. I’ve developed practices over the years for maintaining sanity and even thriving with such a life “workflow”.
In fact, isolating keeps me to a strict regimen of wake-work-play-sleep. Let’s just say I’ve been extremely productive at work and in my personal life over the past couple months. Even with living in a new place and not having local friends, I’m still able to interact with “remote” friends via Facebook, text message, and phone.
The productivity I’ve experienced in my personal life has primarily been centered around my son. I feel like I’ve never played with him enough, so lately I’ve been able to do that a lot more. Of course, the fact that he’s growing up means it is getting easier and easier to relate to him and what he wants to do. Run around the bedroom chasing him? Throw the bouncy ball with him? Build a fort with him? Those build him up, and they build me up, too. And often those playtimes are good breaks for my wife, who spends a lot of time hanging out with my son. Everybody needs a break.
All that to say… this social isolation thing hasn’t been very hard for me. But I know it’s hard for others. Here’s to hoping we don’t have to be “in lockdown” much longer…