Yes, social isolation, in theory, has been great for many of us introverts, but we're not all thriving and some of us can say with all honesty that we are not ok. We're being given too much time to think, we have too much access to news and we are processing it constantly, and we are struggling to truly be alone.
There are many things that I miss as normal has been upended and a new normal is waiting on the other side, but we'll make it. We are all mourning the loss of something, most of us are mourning the loss of many things. While I struggle to cope with all of the things I miss, I know that this is for the best and someday those things will return, in one way or another. Until then, I will just keep living the best that I can.
We are four people and two dogs trying to do work and school and life while maintaining some kind of semblance of love and affection for each other. It looks different for every family, but we can't do board games and puzzles every night. We parents need to offer each other a little grace and know that the rules for modified quarantine are going to be different for everyone. What matters is that we maintain our distance so that someday, hopefully sooner than later, we can all be together again.
I like order. I like consistency. I like to have an idea of what is coming around the next bend. COVID-19 has taken away that control from a lot of us.
Looking for meaningful, quality reading selections during this historical period of isolation with no idea where to start? Here are five timely suggestions: