Mental Wellness

3 Days of Rain

All the adults in our family are now fully vaccinated! Last weekend, my parents visited for the first time in 14 months. That was our longest separation ever. We cooked food on the grill, took a great walk and hugged each other a lot. A highlight of their visit was all of us working together to plant our vegetable plot. As we finished on Saturday, the rain began. We’ve had a good soaking rain day after day since. I’m off to the garden to see if any plants are peeking out of the ground. Happy days.

What are you up to in order to nurture your spirit?

Happy Manic Wednesday! –Rebecca

Mental Wellness

Are Introverts Secretly Thankful for Social Distancing?

When I head across the street to avoid maskless walkers on the sidewalk, no one thinks me unfriendly. When I enjoy small outdoor gatherings or Zoom meetings these past nine months, no one realizes I’m relieved to be an uncrowded space. The outdoor solstice walk outside our child’s school on Friday was perfect. I could talk to ten people, one at a time.

Myers-Briggs pegs me as an introvert. I prefer talking to people singly; no need to battle for verbal supremacy against a pack of big talkers. Gleefully, currently there are no crowded parties where the noise, heat and lack of oxygen drive me from the living room. In pre-Covid times, I’d flee and start washing dishes in the kitchen where there’s often more space and are fewer people. If the kitchen was packed, I’d escape outside to the patio.

Gigantic venues like stadiums or theaters with thousands of people talking at the same time during intermission? Run for the hills!

What I do miss are seeing friends in person and the hugs.

What about you; introvert or extrovert?

Happy Manic Monday! –Rebecca

Bright Bird Berries Photo: Rebecca Cuningham