The covid-19 pandemic has changed how we all live.
For me, and most of the Echo staff, it’s meant working from home. Although I occasionally go out to take photos or get something from the store, I commonly go many days - sometimes even a week - without leaving home. Like so many others, I’m stuck at home most of the time. Oh, and by the way, I love it!
I know some people are going stir-crazy having to stay home, but I’m really enjoying it. Of course, I’m not just sitting in the house all the time. I can work in the yard, go for long walks in the state park next to our house, or get out fly fishing. And then there’s our screen porch, where I love to just sit and read.
I understand that it’s important to be with other people, and I have the advantage of having a great family who is with me most of the time. But what’s hard for me to understand is the need to always be going places or to always be with other people. I guess if I do have a need at this stage of my life it’s to have enough time alone and at home.
It’s also hard for me to see how people can allow themselves to get bored. There is so much to do and learn.
It always amazes me when people wonder what they’re going to do with their time when they retire. Personally, I could list dozens of things that could each take up years of time. First of all, there are the projects and improvements that should be done around the house and yard. When those are done, I could probably spend all summer just enjoying gardening and landscaping, mixed in with some reading and long walks.
But that’s just the beginning.
There are so many things to do in the outdoors: nature study, photography, fly fishing, canoeing, camping, hiking, and cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter.
There are so many books to read: I love books, all kinds, old and new, and love having stacks of books around. One of my goals is to read more of the classics and great books of Western civilization, a project which could easily last the rest of my life.
There are so many musical instruments to play: guitar, bass, drums, piano and harmonica. Some I play well, some OK, some just a little, and all of them I would like to get better at. I’ve always dreamed of having a little studio and recording my own songs, and someday I will.
There are so many things to learn: The list is never ending but includes languages, art and painting, history, computers, videography, music theory, philosophy, natural history, music history, vocabulary, theology and the Bible, electronics, fly fishing and audio recording.
In fact, I recently came to the conclusion that almost everything I enjoy and spend time doing involves learning. So, I’ve decided to add another thing to my list of things to do: I’m going to start a blog about learning.
Sorry, but there’s no reason to ever get bored. There is so much to learn and do. No, I don’t spend all my free time doing these things. I often like to just sit and do nothing. But I’m not bored - just enjoying doing nothing.
“It’s Our Turn” is a weekly column that rotates among members of the Echo Press editorial staff.