Adapting to the new routine

I walked into Walmart this morning and found mostly full shelves - more full then they have been in weeks.

I think the reality that this is how life is going to be for a long time is starting to hit people and the instinct to hoard things for a week or two of isolation is turning into the acceptance that we are in this for the long haul and life is not going to be the same as it was before just a few weeks ago for a while.

I have the feeling that life after Coronavirus is going to look a lot like it does now. Many stores and restaurants won't survive. Those that could quickly adapt to this new way we do things, such as restaurants with a system for having orders placed online and then delivered to cars, will.

There will always be a need for community and I am hoping to be back at the high school for football games in the fall but I am not 100% confident that will happen. Who knows. I might be wrong. I hope I am.

One thing I have to do now is shift my focus away from constant Coronavirus updates and back to as much normality as I can. We can't stay on edge for days at a time and we've been on edge here, dealing with the changes, for just over three weeks since the tornado.

I have the Kindle charging so I can get back to reading.

The weather is warming up and that means more deck time.

Yard work needs to be done again.

Time spent scrolling Twitter feeds and watching newscasts has to be minimized. Nothing good can come from being exposed to the panic 24/7.

My only hope at this point is that we don't let down our guard as this thing drags on and on. We need to keep isolating. We need to keep washing hands and using hand sanitizer. We need to be smart and make all of this the routine. We can't afford to get numb to what's going on in the world. But we also can't afford to let it bombard our thoughts and take over our lives. We still have to be who we are, still playing the game but with a new set of rules.

So, I will be disconnecting a bit more over the next few days in order to adapt and still grow in this new, strange world we find ourselves in.

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