I am beginning to miss a normal lifestyle. Life is bland in Elsewhere (current America). I am noticing a change in my personality because I can’t do what comes naturally! I wear a mask and think of the Lone Ranger. I have my temperature taken at restaurants, my hair salon, and at Neiman’s! My curiosity and my joy of learning has turned to podcasts, YouTube, and newsletters instead of museums, theatre, travel, and outdoor activities. My social life consists of Zoom meetups.
Naturally, I am feeling stifled. Oh, I forgot to mention I shop for everything online, primarily on Amazon. Life in Elsewhere has disrupted the natural flow of life.
A Normal Day in Elsewhere
Today, a normal day in Elsewhere, I read the National Geographic Newsletter. Here I learned about life, traveled around the world, and learned the truth about Magellan! I also signed up for private Yoga classes on Zoom. Darling, I have never taken Yoga but know it is a necessity in order for me to retain my emotional sanity and my health. So, I ordered four yoga products and listened to a podcast by my teacher who was taught by a very important Yoga Master. I will give you more information as I progress. This is me opening the door to a new challenge that I feel will be worthwhile and greatly impact my life.
After I read, I made lunch for my Ultimate Concierge. Then, I walked America, straightened out our storage room (which made me feel good) and we went out for dinner with friends.
As well, I spoke to our granddaughter, Skylar, and grandson, Scott, and my daughter-in-law, Jami. I text others. Every day I speak to some of the Grands and my family.
My day would have been just fine if I had not spent the past 180 plus days doing more or less of the same.
Lastly, I always watch the evening news and I take everything in. Let’s discuss Ms. Pelosi and how some newscasters are describing her as Maria Antoinette, “Let them eat cake,” and others are mentioning she pretends she is Queen Elizabeth because of the way she copies the Queen of England’s regal hand movement to her subjects! I laugh at the suggestion.
My Day at the Hair Salon & A Lesson
My only in-person meetup during the day is going to Colette’s Hair Salon for a wash and blow-dry and manicure. I look forward to the outing because it is an opportunity to interact with other women. Unlike Nancy Pelosi, I wear my mask at Colette’s Hair Salon, even while I am having my hair washed! Everyone at Colette’s wears a mask.
Of course, I want to mention what I took away from the Nancy Pelosi hair salon incident. I observed and listened to both women speak.
Ms. Pelosi wants for nothing. She lives like a Queen, though hardly reveres her subjects! As I listened to her speak, I watch a shallow woman with little depth of character; a woman who made a mistake yet is unable to apologize. Instead, she places the blame on one of her subjects even though she was caught red-handed not wearing her mask.
She also displayed a lack of empathy and compassion for the young single mother whose beauty shop she visited. The young woman, through no fault of her own, is drowning in debt while trying to support her two young children. Instead, Ms. Pelosi attacked her in a bullish fashion.
The moral of the story is: when offering a sincere apology, show regret. Speak of this to your adult children and grandchildren. Tell it in story form so they can understand.
Evenings in Elsewhere
Most evenings are spent at home with my Ultimate Concierge and America. We dine out a few nights a week at outdoor restaurants with friends and family. I so enjoy my evenings at home and my evenings out are a necessity because people need people! Lacking human contact is abnormal and I am grateful for social stimulation. Seeing the waiters we know, sharing conversation with friends, and conversing with the person taking my temperature! Only in Elsewhere. One day I had my temperature taken three times!
What Makes a Good Life
I have been doing a lot of reflecting on what makes me a happy and content woman. I realize I am not myself because I don’t feel alive. My life in Elsewhere is calm and serene; except for the police cars, fire engines, and ambulances 24/7. It is purposeful because I work. It is meaningful because I love my family, the Honey Bees at Honey Good, Michelle my helper, my Ultimate Concierge, and America. Is it enough?
In my opinion, a good life must be varied. It must be interesting, it must have adventure and it must be filled with all kinds of surprising experiences. Darling, life must be psychologically rich!
That is what is missing in Elsewhere. Life is no longer rich! It is not normal I am feeling its effects. So, I say, “Hurry back real world, I can hardly wait to take a big bite of life.”
I am already planning and I have not looked ahead in months! Often I think about travel. I want to go to Rwanda to see the Silver Back Gorillas and then on to Tanzania to watch the animals run and then to Kenya. Oh my Gosh, my little heart is racing just thinking about what will be.
I am daydreaming and it feels so good to live a psychologically rich life in my thoughts.
I realize my thoughts and views may be different than yours, that’s why I love America. I am open to discussion, as always. Please let me know your honest thoughts and feelings in the comments at the bottom of this page.
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