Will I Wake Up And Find Out All Of This Has Been A Dream?

I have had very vivid dreams all of my life.  My dreams are in full colour and they contain elaborate story plots. When I wake up I remember all of the details of a complicated story, the colours, the smells, the emotions. 

When I wake up, I also realize it was all a dream.  

This past week, for a brief second, when I wake up I feel life at the present moment is a dream.  The present events are surreal.

I feel I may step out of the movie sets, “The Truman Show” or “Capricorn One” at any moment. 

Then reality sinks in.

When Did We Begin To Take This Pandemic Seriously?

Is it social distancing, social isolating, quarantining, shelter in place? 

Last Sunday, my husband and I made the decision to completely hunker down. 

Up until then, my husband was still going to the gym daily and I was on Day 16 of a 30 day yoga challenge at my yoga studio.

No more gyms, stores, visiting with family and friends.  This is a serious pandemic and we need to take it seriously.

“You are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem,” my husband’s quote.  Sometimes he does have something smart to say.

Many Things Have Not Changed

We are fortunate we live in a home and we are comfortable with basic necessities.

Everyone in our immediate family is healthy.

Spring has arrived. We have access to trails and many walking areas in our immediate neighbourhood.

A Few Things Have Changed

We have been advised the Half Corked Marathon will either be cancelled or postponed. We Won the Lottery! The Golden Ticket!  We are staying positive and still in training mode.

 

We had tickets to a James Taylor/Bonnie Raitt concert in April.  This event is also cancelled or postponed.  Cancellations are common around the globe right now. 

My early evening walk is usually filled with the sound of children laughing and playing at a park nearby.  Yesterday, all of the parks were closed. Yesterday, the park was completely empty and eerily quiet.  

 

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I met with my best friend last Saturday, and for the first time in 50 years we did not hug good bye. We giggled and stepped back.

         Inside, I am choked up.

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We usually have a lot of interaction with our daughters and their families.  The grandchildren are 4 weeks, 23 months, 4 and 6 year old.  They are very huggy, smoochy, drooly, and they touch everything.  They would not understand boundaries.  Our goal is to help keep everyone healthy.  We FaceTime and Video Chat.  This is temporary and this is important.  I put on a brave, happy face and I tell them this will only last for a few weeks.  

         Inside, I am choked up.

The Question:   Do You Recognize The Common Denominator?

  • I have continued my yoga practice and I am doing a 30 Day Challenge with “Adriene’s Yoga” on YouTube.   Thank you to Deb The Widow Badass   for this great recommendation.  I love and miss my yoga family at Found City Yoga.  How Hot Yoga Changed My Life

 

 

  • Thank you to Marty, Snakes in the Grass  for your witty, humorous posts, always.  Your last post reminded me how I should keep a thermometer easily accessible.  I hunted through the house and I found the thermometer we keep for when we watch the children.  I tested it twice.  36.6 C each time.  Whew.

 

  • I am going on longer and more frequent walks.  Thank you to Mark, Swinged Cat  for sharing information about the Voice Recorder app and Voice Memo app.  When a bolt of inspiration hits me or I need a simple reminder, I can just press on the big red button and record my thoughts.
  • Janis’s post Retirementally Challenged  “In this time…” contained many gems that resonated with me.  I copy/pasted her last paragraph into a Gratitude/Positives file. Thank you, Janis, for your wise words “….we don’t have to distance ourselves from much that nourishes us.”
  • Pam’s words Rough Wighting  warmed my heart. “I wish we could all meet in a safe place and hug each other and talk for hours. Well, I suppose that’s what we do right here in the blogosphere!”  Thank you, Pam, for reinforcing the importance of connections.
  • Thank you to Laurie Meditations in Motion  for her words “we’ve got this. One step at a time.” 
  • Thank you to Liesbet Roaming About for always reminding me how little we need to lead a happy, simple life.  We are all living “a life less ordinary right now.”  In your last post you discussed the positives, negatives and reality of the present events.  Your phrase “our solution is our flexibility” has stayed with me.  Thank you.
  • Anabel Glasgow Gallivanter shares a great deal of history and information about Scotland.  The photos on her site are breathtaking.  Thank you, Anabel, for helping us plan our next vacation.  You have helped put Scotland high on our list.
  • Jo Restless Jo shares posts containing stunning photography of exceptionally beautiful, historical buildings.  Thank you, Jo, for reminding me how humankind has weathered many challenges over the past thousands of years.

     This too shall pass.

Ten minute walk from our house

The Answer:  “You” Are The Common Denominator.

I am sharing a quote from Suzanne, Picture Retirement  “I have always been grateful for my connections throughout the blogging community, but now, more than ever.  There is so much sharing, caring and outright humour being delivered to my inbox daily.”

I strongly agree with Suzanne.  I am entertained.  I learn something new.  I laugh.  I cry.  You touch my heart.  

This Is Not A Dream

I realize when I wake up in the morning, all of this is not a dream.  This is our present day reality, changing by the hour. We are also in the early stages of this pandemic.

I have a great deal to be thankful for always and especially right now.

People have been very kind and thoughtful.  Almost everyone in our neck of the woods is respecting the social distancing, social isolating guidelines. 

We are going to get through this together. 

I appreciate the connections in my personal life and in the global community.

Please continue writing, sharing and connecting.  You will not always know when you have made a difference in someone’s life.

         Thank you for making a difference in mine.

 

How are you connecting with friends and family?

Has someone recently made a difference in your life?

 

Postscript:

I shared only a few posts from blogger friends.  I could easily include gems from every single post I read.  

I just finished listening to a very good, empowering podcast.  “The Tim Ferriss Show #414:  Jack Kornfield – How to Find Peace Amidst COVID-19, How to Cultivate Calm in Chaos.”  

A Bonus Gift:  People Be Weird”  

Kate’s witty posts Coffee Kat Blog often bring a unique perspective to daily life and the human condition.  She sometimes adds  a “people be weird” in her post.

I was walking by a house yesterday and a couple, likely husband and wife, were quibbling about whose turn it was to take their dog for a walk.  The husband yells out how “the dog had better not poop.  I am not picking up dog poop.  If the dog poops, I am calling 911!”  No humour in his voice.

Likely cabin fever and too much togetherness already setting in.

Yes, Kate, “people be weird.”

I still can’t stop giggling.

 

137 thoughts on “Will I Wake Up And Find Out All Of This Has Been A Dream?

  1. It IS like a dream. A bad dream! Here in Pennsylvania, we wouldn’t have the option of going to the gym or yoga studio. Everything has been ordered closed except grocery stores, pharmacies, and other “essential” businesses. I have been in contact with my grandchildren through video chat too. It is hard not seeing them! We are not supposed to leave our homes except for grocery shopping. At least we are allowed to run, hike, and ride bikes.

    I love “people be weird”. So true! Thanks for the shout out! 🙂

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    1. We have also been completely self isolated for 16 days now. Everything here has been ordered closed the last 15 days except for essential services. We also appreciate still going out for walks and we hope this privilege will not taken away from us. Most people are very good. Things are always changing, it feels like by the hour. Take care and stay healthy.🙂

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  2. So many new blogs to visit! Thank you. I’m usually a hermit anyway, Erica, but this feels different. I don’t like the stress and not being able to see the grandchildren for sleepovers. I don’t like distancing from my parents and hoping they can figure this out on their own. So blog friends are extra vital, particularly those who share their lives as part of this wonderful community. And I’m jealous that you remember your dreams. That is so cool! I would love that! A great post, my new friend. Keep smiling.

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    1. I also really like my quiet and alone time. Possibly, I should be careful what I wish for. My low points are also not seeing my grandchildren, except for Video chat and now Zoom. We used to watch them 2 days a week. I always felt it was a privilege. It is important to continue with the isolation. Their families are also on board with this. As you know our ultimate goal is to try to keep as many people healthy as possible.

      I greatly appreciate the follow, Diana, and I will learn more about you. You said it very well, again “our blog friends are extra vital.” I have been gaining gems, insights and new perspectives from every single blogger’s post. I really don’t think most bloggers are aware of the impact they make in people’s lives.

      I hope your parents figure this out and eventually we will see our grandchildren again. Thank you for sharing and we will stay connected.💕

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  3. I remember many of my dreams even the ones I had as a kid, Erica. My adult dreams have my childhood everyone’s environment with different plots. I don’t like some of my other adult dreams because I understand them. Them of course I don’t liked the nightmares after watching some scary movies and I made my own movies in the dreams. I try to see, think, and do positive things and cleanse my mind so I don’t need to live through the scenarios in my dreams.

    I came across Adrienne’s yoga but had not followed her yet. I must watch it again. Thank you for sharing all the resources.

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    1. Hi Miriam, Dreaming seems to be surfacing more in conversation the past few weeks. Likely our bodies are subconsciously reacting to all of the recent challenges. I also have nightmares after watching scary movies. Note to self: I should not watch scary movies. Lol. I did one thirty day series, Adrienne’s yoga. I may begin another one. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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  4. Hi Erica, I love this post. Even though you wrote it almost two months ago, when we were just at the beginning of this pandemic, you’ve hit on all the things that have been so important during this time. Even the squabbling. My hub and I have had a few silly tiffs that I know are just cabin fever, at least for me (he’s still going to work) and definitely not over dog poop. I’m the only one taking Harry for a walk!
    Such a wonderful post and I couldn’t agree more about the importance of our WP community. It’s kept me sane during this time, along with my daily walks in nature. I love how you mentioned so many. That’s so kind. Reading WP blogs is so much better than tuning into mainstream news, which I tend to steer clear of.
    Stay happy, smiling and sane and who knows, maybe we’ll be out of this and into a new normal sooner than we think. We can only hope! xx

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    1. Miriam, I greatly appreciate you reading this post and your lovely response. I had to reread my post, since I had forgotten what I had written.🙂 It seems like two months was a very long time ago. I think many of us were in the initial ‘shock’ mode of all the changes on our planet. I still have a roller coaster of emotions, although, I am now more in the ‘acceptance’ and ‘count my blessings’ stage.

      Your husband must be in the “essential workers” category. Likely pros and cons on this?

      I agree with you on trying to not gravitate to the news and limit the time I spend on news sites. I am inspired daily reading posts from my blogging friends. Much more of a “Happy Place.” Some of the restrictions will be lifted here next week with specific rules/limitations. I think many of us will move forward cautiously.

      Take care, and stay safe and well, Miriam. xx

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      1. Yes, time seems to have elevated our initial shock to acceptance and even gratitude. You’re right Erica.
        My husband is in semi essential services, though it’s likely his job might be affected soon too. But we take it day by day, week by week. ‘Moving forward cautiously’ is a sensible philosophy.
        I love our ‘happy place’ here on WP too Erica and am equally so glad that we’ve connected. Take care and happy weekend. xx

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