My Escape to A New Normal.

It’s now August, and I wonder how you are all faring. It seems that my focus during all this has changed. Writing has been the toughest. Just when I thought writing would fill every day. I took many writing and poetry workshops to try and motivate myself, wake the muse, or improve my skill set.
Like many of you, Netflix came in handy, as have audiobooks with Audible, and Marie Kondo delivered full days of sparking joy (or trying to)as I de-cluttered, sorted drawers and cupboards and drove ‘The Husband’ bonkers. We stayed home. I baked over Zoom and subsequently became more rounded. Literally, from eating homemade bread, cookies, cake and fondants. We gained the obligatory covid-19 pounds. We would clap (make noise) on Thursdays for the health workers, which meant putting clothes on, blowing horns banging pans from behind our gate.

Next the lockdown was learning a new skill. I joined a group called act your age and began learning the writing of Monologues, duologues and radio plays. I embraced it and wrote for the theatre over Zoom. I was invited to read my flash fiction and short stories on an open Mike night in America; from the UK on YouTube. Thanks to Charli at the Carrot ranch. I Loved the way my confidence grew each time I performed. The wordy skills have been quite a success, hearing actors bring my tales alive has been the best … but words are my thing, some would say too easy 🤔 but it is not easy learning a new skill.

This Summer, I have been trying my hand, or tablet, at digital drawing. This one task is a challenge as drawing anything, I find, is impossible 🥺 but it’s all in the learning, not in being perfect at it. I am enjoying how to use a drawing app and produce some naive pictures. I know I am not artistically bent. I will never become a great illustrator. Learning a new skill or trying to wake new synapses in your brain can offer some protection against dementia, so trying anything is a no-brainer; pardon the pun.

Under the mask, pandemic fears still linger. I take tiny steps towards freedom, two forward, four back. I am not mask-less yet. Palpitations are a new thing for me when people get too close or group together. My hands tremble, perspiration wells up like tears to an infant. I protest a semblance of sanity as I swear there is a herd of wild horses galloping in my chest. There are days where I stay in my writing uniform (pyjamas) and when being a recluse still feels safe. I am not enjoying the trepidation around me or my lack of confidence in the community. I hope I am not alone in this and that these feelings are how we are to arrive at that place, ‘The New Normal.’ At the end of this pandemic, I want to escape unscathed and just maybe I will have a superpower as a ‘ Survivor of a world Pandemic, stronger, braver and obviously wearing a Cape. I look forward to it all fading into history.

Have you found your way around the new normal? Have you learnt new skills on the way? Let me know in the comments.

17 thoughts on “My Escape to A New Normal.

  1. We have been baking bread etc! Learning Tai Chi via YouTube. Playing garage darts with a wine or 3. Walking a lot with the 2 dogs Watching a load of Netflix and foxtel. Darts, movies, TV shows. My blog has stagnated as no travel overseas, hence a name change although it will still come up as 3 sisters abroad. not sure how to fix that yet! Never mind worry about the big things. I am maskless as last year I was diligent wearing masks. got so sick with a chest infection my Lung specialist advised not to wear it. I now wear a lanyard round my neck with my expedition in it. I just found out our country town Albury here in New South Wales has had its restrictions lifted as at 12.01 Saturday morning. Woopie !! so lots of day trips coming up how exciting is that!

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  2. You are not alone in your cautiousness, I just wish more people were sometimes. It’s this that concerns me most. The other humans, the carefree ones.
    I’ve really enjoyed seeing your artworks pop up on Instagram, don’t belittle them at all. With those and your writing, you’re one creative being.
    That’s amazing you ‘Zoomed’ over to American. I think if there’s one thing we have gained from this pandemic, it’s thinking outside the box and making a more accessible world. I wrote a bit about my thoughts on this as someone that struggled to access some venues and events in ‘normal’ times, and that maybe now the world will stay a little more accessible with all the technology we have. My doubts have started already though, as the online content seems to have faded now the country can return to theatres and festivals. I hope to be able to join them one day. Just not yet.

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  3. I don’t know what I think yet, it still feels like it happening…well it is just everyone wants it gone so it’s brushed under the carpet.
    I cooked a lot of Banana Cake, saw the inside of hospital a lot. Learned to cope with probate, zoomed alot, walked the dog a lot.

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  4. I have learned that Zoom is my best friend and have read my books in schools in England, Ireland, New Jersey, New Mexico etc and never left my house in Spain. I also have added some Covid pounds. xo

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    1. Well done you. I agree Zoom is in my bubble. I have ZooMalated everywhere and made a sound booth in my wardrobe for recording radio plays. who would have thought at 64 I would even try. Me and thee have the pandemic to thank 1. for keeping away, 2. for forcing us to learn new skills and putting on the Covid -19 pounds.

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  5. I couldn’t write or read anything to do with ‘Lockdown’ last year. Just bought my whole mood down, so I avoided anything that mentioned ‘Lockdown’ and still do. Did I learn any new skills? Yes, I think so, but they were probably skills I already had and which I’d forgotten about before the pandemic hit.
    These days, we’re sticking to our small family bubble because we all feel safe doing so.

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  6. I’ve indulged in a lot of the de-cluttering you’ve mentioned too, it’s a never-ending job here!

    A huge congratulations on doing those Open Mike Night performances. It’s amazing you can be in the UK in front of a screen and suddenly be in America. So very cool. You should be very proud of what you’ve been achieving, the way you’ve pushed your comfort zone and reached out to challenge yourself to learn.

    I’m also looking forward to Covid being a thing of the past. I’m just not feeling the hope of it ending yet. I still get so angry with a lot of people. Pretty much every time I go to the shops I get the palpitations you get but with a wave of red hot anger because there’s always someone in my face or shouting across me to their friend, totally maskless and ignorant as to anyone else around them.

    I don’t feel I’ve had time to learn new skills or really do anything other than keep busy with the usual stuff. I’ve taken on more during this time because of living with my elderly parents, so I can’t drop Covid protections because of them, my dad in particular. A little, tiny degree of worry eased a tad with the vaccinations, but knowing that someone on immunosuppressants may not be as well protected, or protected at all, is an unpleasant reality.

    I’ll welcome the day this is all over – I say we should buy ourselves some capes in advance!

    Caz xx

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