Two weeks post-vaccine, it’s been liberating getting out of the house.
Even walks in the woods seem freer, less worried about folks strolling by mask-less and much too close.
I am excited about chatting with folks at the dog park – still socially distanced and faces obscured. It felt ridiculously friendly to have a face-to-masked face meeting with a business colleague yesterday. Waiting for a friend at our co-work space and listening to another business hold a business meeting felt almost festive – like hanging in a coffee shop.
And I’m meeting friends to play music next week! Outside, of course, but we haven’t seen each other outside of Zoom for well over a year.
However . . . .
I’m a person who, in the ‘pre’ times, could feel overwhelmed in a crowd. Whose idea of hell is a cocktail party with people I don’t know. Who loves to be with friends and meet new people, but who needs to recharge after a short while and return later, refreshed.
I’m someone who feels this year of Zoom has provided too much socializing, not too little.
So, I’m going to pace myself.
I am visiting folks in small doses.
I am picking people I like.
I am choosing times and places where I can take part, tread lightly, and leave when I’m ready. Places where I can have deep conversations or very light ones. But not ones that are just uncomfortable and way too long.
If my hours of on-line meetings have taught me nothing else, it’s taught me that socializing can be draining, though rewarding, and that time alone or with a book or with my dog or my family clears my head.
I know myself well enough to know what I need. A little, but not too much.
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