Everything seemed to speed up with regard to the COVID-19 virus after I left for the Bahamas, which meant that on my return I had to go into self quarantine for 14 days.

Prior to leaving there was concern from some quarters, but in my seven days away the situation went decidedly from bad to dire…

Perhaps it was the realization that this really was a pandemic of epic proportions. And that with the rising number of cases both globally and locally everyone, including governments had to act.

Fortunately for me I’m used to being a bit of hermit especially now that the kids are both away at University, so going into self quarantine suited me just fine.

As they say, treat everyone like you have the virus to ensure you don’t get it. Not that I have the virus or had any inkling of illness since my return. 🙂

However, what I wasn’t expecting was the deep sense of loneliness that I experienced during my self quarantine period. It was only 14 days but felt like an eternity!

Now that I am beyond my 14 days self quarantine period I’m still staying close to home and not venturing out except for once per week to get some supplies.

Admittedly the first week post self quarantine was absolutely jarring…being home bound that is.

The second was only marginally better, but now that I’m in my third it’s getting slightly better.

Being a confessed introverted extrovert (Ambivert) can be tricky!

Yes, I love the company of others and can be the life of the party, but I can just as easily and happily fade into the wallpaper and just hang out on the fringes.

For me it’s very dependant on my mood. I don’t necessarily crave the company of others, but I do like to interact with people…if you know what I mean.

If there was one thing that stood out during my self quarantine, it’s that I had too much time on my hands… Too much to time dwell on things that I didn’t have control over.

In fact, I had to make a point of not looking at the ongoing media barrage…so I could keep myself together.

It’s interesting to observe, particularly in a rational human being like myself, that you’re still prone to doubt and distress with a situation as this.

Yes, I know I’m just being human…

How about you? How have you coped personally coped with being in self isolation or self quarantine?

Clearly, it’s much harder for families with young children or school age children as now you’re also responsible for their ongoing education.

I feel for you…

I would argue that for the most part we took our liberty and personal freedoms for granted, I know I sure did.

Being the travel addict that I am, the central question for me has been “where is my next trip?” This has been such a constant since the kids left for University.

If I wasn’t actually on a trip I was definitely planning my next. So I’m feeling out of sorts with the unknown, particularly as I’m not able to plan another trip.

Covid is sure putting a crimp in my lifestyle. 🙂

I know I sound like a spoilt brat and realise that these are such first world problems….

It’s at times like this that it hits home how very lucky we all are. And that perhaps the real focus of our lives should be staying healthy. As I’ve said many times, you’re healthy until the day you’re not…

So here are a few things I’ve been doing to keep myself occupied:

Fortunately, when I moved into my house back in 2013 I installed a workout area in my basement. This has been a fabulous respite from the boredom of staying in and feeling like a caged tiger. 🙂

Another thing this time has allowed me to do is refocus my attention on my website.

In fact, I’m about 18 months behind on my travel photos…. So for the foreseeable future I’ll be adding and tweaking my Gallery.

When you visit my website now you’ll notice that I’ve been adding lots of new destinations not previously published.

One of the other big benefits is that I’ve also had an opportunity to catch up on some spring cleaning. I’ve also completed much of my yard work in prep for Spring!

Clearly, we’re all in the same boat no matter where we are in the world. Yes, that in itself puts it in context doesn’t it?

Please stay safe, be smart and stay at home.

Until next week.