Other than this blog and my associated Twitter account (and blogging/tweeting professionally under my real name), I’m not on social media – no Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, What’s App, Snapchat, etc.
So I’ve mercifully been spared the hot new trend: Competitive Quarantining.
But my friends – who I’m keeping up with via phone, text, and Zoom – have told me about it. And it sounds awful.
It’s that friend/colleague who is showing up in business attire, with fully done hair, nails, and makeup, on every Zoom meeting, while also posting about learning to speak Korean and play the banjo, starting her novel, Instgramming perfectly composed pictures of the three home-cooked-from-scratch meals she’s preparing for her family every day, polling for clever names for her new sourdough starter, and boasting about the fact that she has created fully individualized 8-hours-per-day learning plans for each of her three kids through the middle of June. And she’s started doing P90X five days a week and has already lost four pounds! #Fitspo!
And you know what?
If that’s her jam, that’s fine.
But that doesn’t mean it has to be YOUR jam, or if you can’t manage all of that right now, that there’s something wrong with you.
You know what?
I’m an introvert who normally works from home, as is my spouse. We have no kids to try to amuse and/or educate, and neither of us is at risk of losing our employment (or health insurance, or house).
And I have to tell you, even I am pretty stressed out and anxious.
Your kids bathe most days and sometimes get out of their pjs? And spend a little time most days working on their school work? And aren’t on their screens fully EVERY SINGLE SECOND they’re awake?
You bathe most days and sometimes get out of your pjs? And manage to get a least a little work done most days?
You’re all eating something on a fairly regular basis? That’s at least occasionally leafy green (rather than gummy green)? And you’re managing not to have beer for breakfast?
You and your significant other haven’t gone all Thunderdome (yet) over who gets the last Xanax?
Good for you!
If you have the bandwidth and interest in baking, or learning a language, or an instrument, or starting an exercise program, or sewing cloth masks, go for it (but maybe keep it to yourself or share it only with your actual close friends rather than splashing it all over all your social media platforms).
And if you don’t?
That’s OK, too.
I think you’re doing great.
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