This blog is written by Lee Gale Gruen to help baby boomers, seniors, retirees, and those soon to retire find joy, excitement, and purpose in life after retirement. Her public lecture on this subject is titled: “Reinventing Yourself in Your Retirement.” Her memoir, Adventures with Dad: A Father and Daughter’s Journey Through a Senior Acting Class, is available by clicking here Amazon.com. Click here for her website: LeeGaleGruen.com
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These are stressful times; we are all sheltering in place to one degree or another. So many businesses have closed down that there’s no place to go, even if we wanted to. People are frightened of the unknown and don’t know what to do. Some are hoarding supplies “just in case.” Others are thinking about how to “get out of Dodge,” but there’s no place to run.
We top-of-the-heap humans are being bested by a microscopic, biological agent which has knocked us to our knees: a coronavirus labeled Covid 19. Viruses, those little devils, consist of molecules including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates, and are not considered to be alive as they can’t survive on their own. They must enter a living cell of a host in order to be able to multiply. Once inside, they go on to rapidly produce thousands of identical copies of themselves, causing various significant diseases in living things: humans, animals, and plants.
So, what can we do to cope with something as amorphous and seemingly beyond our control as a virus? Can we still find some joy, excitement, and purpose in the current, distressing epoch? Of course we can.
The first thing is to follow the sensible advice of the major health organizations such as frequent hand washing, avoidance of large gatherings of people, and covering our coughs and sneezes to protect others. Then, we must continue with our lives instead of stressing about the “what ifs” we can’t control.
Keep the current situation in perspective. Circumstances are unpredictable in the future, but that usually doesn’t stop us from moving forward. We could fixate on potential events such as taking a fall; being in an automobile accident; and on and on which would turn us all into agoraphobics if we let them. Instead, most of us walk carefully and maybe use an assistive device such as a cane or walker to lessen the chance of falling; we still drive or ride in cars, but with caution.
Grappling with the Covid 19 virus should be no different. Exercise the recommended precautions and continue with your life with a few adjustments. For example, you might spend more time outside in nature instead of inside as part of a large crowd. If you don’t have access to sprawling, wilderness areas, go outdoors and look around. Marvel at the living dinosaurs still among us called birds. How often have you really studied the trees, bushes, and flowers in your own neighborhood? Even a simple dandelion is beautiful poking out of a crack in the concrete or sprouting from a lawn.
Take this time of isolation to enjoy the books and videos that are piling up, clean out the closets, repair clothing and other possessions, make important phone calls, and tackle the myriad other things you can add to the list. Make this and any time productive and uplifting, and follow the old adage: “turn a lemon into lemonade.”
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