(? Seriously? ROTHFL...)
The very idea of “being bored” from being “self-quarantined”, is a hilarious concept to me.
“Self Quarantined”, which simply means “staying at home...”? I'm guessing? Lol This mess is cracking me up!
If that's all it is, then I've been “self-quarantined” for years! I stay HOME because I don't have a career which requires me to LEAVE HOME. Plus I just don't have lots of reasons to go out anymore.
My aging parents and in-laws have transitioned to their permanent dwelling (moved to HEAVEN) – so they no longer need carting around to doctor's appointments and such. My seven kids all have driver's licenses now, and have left me behind with “a cloud of dust and a hearty hi-ho silver”! (Sorry, an old “Lone Ranger” reference, for those not old enough to get it, or too old to remember it...)
So there isn't the need for those seemingly endless trips, for various planned events ... every day ... anymore! For YEARS there were trips to the theater for practice, out to the horse farm for therapeutic-riding assistance, over to the Habitat Restore for community service hours... oh! And that weird computer repair place that took on home-school kids, to perhaps help “familiarize them with the electronics”, while using their muscle to keep their store organized … then there were the scouts, church events for all ages, etc.
For quite some time there, in fact, I had access to WAY more “community involvement” than I would have ever chosen for myself. And I found it to be much less fulfilling than I once thought it might be. But that was just our life! THEIR lives! It was a necessary contribution, and one which I gladly gave! But that season has passed. And I just haven't filled all those spaces with activity. Not yet.
I am interested in community politics and such, but I just haven't found my second wind yet, nor the proper segue into that world.
Plus it is important to note that somewhere along the way my introversion has kicked in again! (I thought I had just misplaced that somewhere around high school) But, whatever has happened, I just can't want to press myself out of my lovely, quiet, home to go find lots of people to be around, most of whom being the sort for which to have to find grace! Lol
Also, for reasons you've probably figured out by now, I've never been one that goes to town just to “hang around”. I have “seen the sights” which my area has to offer. We've never had extra money to just “go shopping” five days a week. A practice, in my observation, which usually means that one will go spend money that one doesn't really have, on stuff that one doesn't absolutely need! Nor have we ever been folks that eat out endlessly, or attend lots of movies and shows, etc. We prefer home cooking, and renting movies from Amazon!
Also, being a person that doesn't love to “just shop” for the sheer heck of it, the new “order it online and just go grab it” stuff has become my “go-to” for obtaining what we DO need!
So I am finding myself at home quite a lot these days, and actually this "new idea" of electronic or “conference-call church” is also quite appealing! I worship here most of the time anyway these days.
Okay, I will admit to feeling a bit lonely some days! And maybe even sort of left behind sometimes. Though not as often as one might imagine.
But BORED? You've GOT to be kidding me! There are SO MANY books I want, and need, to read – or reread! There is the ART which has been “back-burnered” for decades (which sort of got hijacked by what I call the “make-do” era, in which I used all my creativity to address, creatively, the use of what we have so as to make that fit what we needed, etc.) So I am feeling a need to go find that artistic vein, and start mining that again.
In addition, there are LOTS of BOOKS which I feel a need to WRITE as well! The mere organization of those projects is almost overwhelming! If I could afford a maid and secretary right now I'd have both! And maybe a cook! So that I could use my time most effectively doing that which I prefer!
Because ... might I remind you all ... there is also that pesky house work, which is pretty much relentless. Oh … and I almost forgot … there are also TWO DOGS which did NOT leave with the TWO KIDS!!!! Etc. AND then ….There are neighbors with needs, which I DO sometimes dig myself out for - to take THEM places.
AND ... there are my friends, many with with regular prayer requests, etc., and WE do try to stay caught up with each other by phone or computer, or semi-frequent visits. ETC... which is all the social life I require honestly. These are time honored people who have fought the introversion and won! So they get their fare share of my time.
But when all else fails, or I find a minute to fill (when I don't need a NAP) then there is You Tube and Face Book for entertainment!
Listen folks, if all that can't keep one entertained something is just wrong! Or someone has gotten quite spoiled!
We are a nation addicted to personal entertainment. That is why those nincompoops in Hollywood think so much of themselves, and imagine their opinion to be important! Their egos have been inflated with pathetic over-curiosity and pandering about their often shallow lives. As though they are some how extra because they make more money than most do, while doing the same or less work! And that is also the fault of their over-attentive fans! Most fans have tried, I think, to emulate their existence, and have overburdened themselves with meaningless activity to achieve a feeling of self-importance!
At some point, we all need to return to just living. Just seeking GOD and BEING wherever He puts us!
Perhaps this little “forced break” from the spinning-jinny of our out of control society will remind people why they do all that working and running required to pay for and maintain that HOUSE. Perhaps people will remember that a house is also a home, and that "HOME" is a place to BE, not just another possession to HAVE.
In the meantime, however, for me, nothing has changed. I'm still just cooking my food, hanging with "my" dogs, and writing about whatever comes to my attention. In my own little “self-quarantined” existence. Having a peaceful, profitable, intellectually satisfying time! But definitely NOT bored. You people are WAY too entertaining for that to happen! Lol
Shalom Y'all …. From the Hermit's House …. ;)