Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic hysteria and I am actually doing okay! I'm settled. It's the new normal. It wasn't great in the beginning. Not even a little bit. For someone who thought she was so introverted, I hated working from home and being without other people. My entire existence was me, myself, and I... I like myself, but it was awful. The blessing of being invited to attend a Sunday worship meeting each week with a local family and what became a weekly gab session/movie night with a dear friend definitely saved my life (seriously).
I'm apparently not as introverted as I once believed. While I fully get my peace and energy recharge from my solitude, not being able to have conversations or daily stimulation was gut-wrenching. Believe me, I feel like I've grown dumber during this crazy time. On a work call, it took me 3 tries to explain what was in my head and that's not my style. Trust me, I have no problem explaining what is in my head.
The experience taught me a lot about who I am at my core. There is more strength in me than I realized. Being lonely is never easy, and COVID really challenged my loneliness, but I eventually managed to find some peace. Starting in April, I was able to attend a weekly worship service with friends in their home and I'm still having a weekly movie night with a dear friend. She has literally saved my life. My two big trips for the year were canceled, but I was able to spend a week in Utah. I also got to complete my Pacific Coast road trip!
My relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior has grown as well. I didn't take a recess like a lot of other people seem to have done. I've not kept it up weekly as I should have, but I've had a lot of great study experiences and General Conference just a little over a week ago really cemented some things that I was already considering. Yet, I still feel a tad overwhelmed and figuring out where I want to start. Technically, I've started, but I feel totally scattered.
Meanwhile, I've updated my food storage, my 72-hour kit, flipped my mattress, swapped out my summer shorts/capris for more jeans (and then the temp rose back up to 85 - figures), reorganized my closets and pantry (for probably the 10th time), and I even started exercising again. Hopefully, I've also kicked my Coke Zero/Dr. Pepper habit! It almost feels like a new year.