It’s only day three of my self-imposed social distancing campaign and this is proving to be very difficult. This traveler is just not a homebody.
Monday was supposed to be the start, but I went into the office…I’m just more efficient when I’m sitting with my business partner and staff. I used the gym as well at my office.
Tuesday, I stayed home, but working over the phone is just not the same. By mid-afternoon, I headed out to one of the few coffee shops still open and decided to sit there an enjoy it. Then I headed to the grocery store, something I generally hate doing, but volunteered (much to my wife’s delight). There was about a 10-minute wait to get into Trader Joe’s, during which time I stood in close proximity to other people waiting to get in. Inside, the store was not very crowded.
Today, I went back into the office, but everything is now shutting down. We take my son to a German-language daycare a couple days each week, which has now shut down. Our other daycare has shutdown. Our church has largely shutdown. My wife’s school has shutdown. Our office gym and outside gym also closed.
Thankfully, everyone is on the mend. My wife, son, and parents are feeling better. I’m social distancing in the sense that there are only 4-5 people in my office at a time and I am not shaking hands or getting close…I even have a mask just in case I am contagious (though I feel great). I’m avoiding visiting my elderly relatives.
My point is that this is going to be tougher than I thought. For someone who thinks nothing of flying to Europe or Asia with two hour’s notice, this voluntary grounding is not going well so far. I’m hoping that I’ll soon be able to relax in the sense that I will begin to better appreciate the time at home and time with family, even if it is not as productive a time as I like (it’s hard to be productive with a three-year-old running around).
Tomorrow I’ll talk about the future direction for Live and Let’s Fly and my other businesses, which is really an open question right now. For now, I guess I’ll get back to trying to be a responsible citizen and keeping my distance from everyone.
How is social distancing working for you, especially if you are used to being up in the air or on the road?