Don't get me wrong, I am still going to go about each day being careful, masked in public, maintaining distance and picking and choosing times I will go places. But there are things I miss doing that gave me a sense of purpose that is missing from my life. So these are a couple of things I am ready to begin again.
1. Volunteering at IP. I miss seeing and interacting with all of the participants there.
2. Wednesday class. I went a couple of times and felt strange because people sat next to me. I will go, stay masked and sit on the outer reaches of the room. I don't mind explaining my actions to the rest of the people.
3. Bookclub. We met in December and it was wonderful. We are all of a certain age and have all been extremely careful about where we go and who we are around. (Two members still have their 90+ year old moms living and they are being even more careful than the rest of us) There are a few restaurants nearby that still have distance between tables and we can go on a Tuesday night (low crowd night) and be together.
4. Entertaining in my home. This one is dicey but I miss having folks over for dinner. I am going to start inviting just a couple to dinner at least every other month (Would prefer every month, but . . .)
5. Theater. We have season tickets to our local Broadway touring performances. They have established a mask mandate for the year so we plan to continue going.
6. Events at the Alys. The Alys is the best small performance theater in town and they not only require masks but they are selling only 1/3 of the seats. The tickets are a little pricier than they have been in the past, but to me it is worth paying a little more to make up the difference in what revenue they are losing just to keep the audience a little safer. Kudos to them.
But purpose does not mean just the fun and external. I have been lackadaisical about my days when I am at home. It is more than time for me to step up my days instead of having a pity party that life is not what it used to be. On days when I have nothing going on outside of the house I need to have a plan for the day rather than letting the day plan me. So for the year on unstructured days I need purpose also.
I decided I need to have an organized (yet flexible) daily list, and this is what I am thinking.
1. Eat one frog each day (Do some chore I don't want to do) preferably the first thing I do.
2. Tidy (Sweep, vacuum, clean as needed)
3. Make sure whatever needs to be thawed is actually out of the freezer
4. Maintain laundry (either actual washing or sorting into various baskets waiting for a full load)
5. Practice an instrument (piano or ukulele)
6. Self care
8. Meditation and prayer
The same applies to both weekly and monthly plans
1. Make master list of appointments/meetings/ aims for the week
3. Clean at least one closet/drawer/pantry
4. Clean fridge and inventory cold food needs for the week
5. Shop for groceries and necessary personal items
6. Work in the yard
7. Create something (this is left open to whims as long as something is created)
1. Make a list of known appointments/meetings/ social events/ monthly aims
2. Do one unpleasant chore (ex. clean the oven)
3. Run a cleaning cycle through the washer, dishwasher and Keurig
4. Inventory pantry, fridges, and freezers
5. Learn something new
6. Establish contact with at least one person I have not seen/spoken to in a while
And now I am beginning this year with a purpose. At least this week I am. I am hoping if I have to answer to someone other than myself I will be a little better staying on target. Do y'all mind being my monthly "someone"?
Here's to purpose filled days!