I've realized that a lot of things I thought were important wasn't really. I enjoy participating in zoom meetings and church on line, I get to see a lot of people that I wouldn't otherwise. I've worked during the entire pandemic so I'm thankful to have a job along with my health and strenght.
After feeling immediately isolated and impoverished (my husband was laid off precipitously), we started to use zoom to connect with both friends here and friends in other cities. We actually are more in touch with out-of-town friends and some in-town friends that we have been in years. Som that is a big plus.
Live music has been a regular part of our weeks for years. That all ground to a sudden halt. But, many of our favorite musicians have been regularly offering webcast concerts for free with requests for tips/donations if one is inspired. We have gotten to see some artists several times this year that typically would have only done one concert in Chicago over the year. While the dynamics are not the same for a web concert since unless the backup musicians happen to be in the same local COVID bubble, these are solo shows. There have been some song swaps where two to four musicians take turns playing songs and those are fun -- but we miss the vocal harmonies and instrumental accompaniment that would have been there in a face-to-face show. It has let us get to appreciate some of these artists in a new way. One of our favorites, Susan Werner, has done a weekly concert every Sunday at 7 pm EDT (simulcast on Facebook ad YouTube). She brings on guest artists and swaps songs, does theme weeks which often include covers of songs we would have never heard from her except for the pandemic, and even a variety show featuring a musical saw and trained cats acts. So, that has been a mainstay of our Sundays and there is an active community of regulars in the chat (including many folks that we personally know). Unlke an actual concert where conversation is discouraged, we can text with friends about songs during the concert without interrupting the flow of the music or annoying others.
The last good thing is it has made me work on being more patient and more flexible. That has been probably a little less successful than I had hoped but I have improved a lot. Ok, improved some. OK, OK, I have improved at least a little!
Way to go @Davidcbarnett ! Finding the good during a difficult time. I hope your husband is able to find employment soon, and that it's a good fit for him. I know, right, patience and flexibility ugh. When you said little improvements, all I could think of was Bill Murray in "What About Bob?" Baby steps here. So funny.
I've enjoyed the fact that people who were isolating have been more available online, where I tend to hang out. More opportunities to connect and get to know each other. Hopefully when cross country travel makes sense again, I'll have dozens more people to visit.
I totally understand your frustration @unctarheel , and I share some of those frustrations too. But there must be something good that has happened in the past year for you. By sharing a "silver-lining" story, it could help others examine the good things in their life. That's a healthy thing, and the question posed, helps facilitate that.
Me too @postman29 . Just moved three weeks ago ( a whole mile away ) same neighborhood. But our daily walks just seem better some how. I think, I'm simply appreciating them more. Definitely appreciate a bit more space.