I Zoom. I like the convenience, the ease of use, the comfort.
My pandemic lifestyle can be described as a Zoom life of lazy luxury. Luxury not in the sense of wealth or expensive stuff, but something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary…an indulgence in something that provides pleasure, satisfaction, or ease.
And reasons why:
- I fear I am no longer a regular person, whatever that may be. The pandemic has created a new class of folks like me (mainly seniors) – not quite hermits, but close to it, people that connect with the world mostly electronically. Hub and I spend endless hours hooked on electronic devices – cellphones, computers, TV, convection oven (I cook more than I ever did during my entire adult life).
- Thirty seconds (or less) before an event I click a computer link and voila! I am attending a meeting, class, presentation, or virtually visiting family or friends.
- Loungewear, sleepwear or whatever I want to slip on comprise my outfit du jour. I throw on jeans when going food shopping or the doctor’s or anyplace people mingle…except nowadays I go almost nowhere people mix. Will I be able to hold a normal conversation when, sometime in the murky future, I venture out into the world?
- I rarely wear makeup. No one sees what is under the mask. Makeup rubs off on the mask, then the mask needs washing. Why make extra, unnecessary work for myself?
- I wear makeup occasionally so I don’t forget how to apply it, and don’t feel too guilty not using the stuff. Am I pushing companies to the edge, forcing them to possibly go out of business because I do not buy more products? I haven’t purchased makeup in months.
- Time-specific obligations, limited to doctor’s appointments and Zoom meetings, allow for a flexible calendar (although alas, that leads to the lazy part of my lifestyle).
- I have more time for activities I want to do because I spend less time on other activities – less shower time (I’m not the only one, right!?), less time cleaning, ironing, buying, arranging clothes and getting an outfit together, less time (or no time) smearing on makeup, less time driving somewhere, standing on lines, traipsing through stores in search of stuff.
- Folks can be ignored, ostensibly because of the pandemic. I move away from folks passing in the street or grocery store aisles, and it is perfectly acceptable behavior, for now. In fact, it is appropriate social protocol.
- I don’t feel guilty NOT going to the gym. No excuses necessary!
- I have become spoiled with (usually) stress-free online purchases, restaurant delivery, and curbside pick-up. Retailers are willing to go out of their way to help a customer…what will happen post-covid?
What occurs when I get the vaccine (I am ready to get in line) and life becomes less constricted?
I begin a new hybrid lifestyle. I enjoy ‘tuning into’ Zoom, sitting with my mug of hot coffee or large glass of iced tea, relaxing on my couch, and don’t want to entirely give up the convenience…I am not eager to return to the gym, although I know I should...I cannot wait to travel on planes, trains, buses, and socialize in person…
But first a cloistered winter must be endured before we reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
Meanwhile everyone stay well, stay safe, stay sane.