Day 2707: Outlets

It’s challenging to find outlets for our feelings, thoughts, needs, wants, and wishes when the coronavirus is out there, not letting us live our normal and familiar  lives.

Yesterday, my outlets included

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My outlets also include music and dancing, and Michael and I recently danced to this old R.E.M. tune:

(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville
R.E.M.
Looking at your watch a third time
Waiting in the station for the bus
Going to a place that’s far
So far away and if that’s not enough
Going where nobody says hello
They don’t talk to anybody they don’t know
You’ll wind up in some factory
That’s full time filth and nowhere left to go
Walk home to an empty house
Sit around all by yourself
I know it might sound strange but I believe
You’ll be coming back before too long
Don’t go back to Rockville
Don’t go back to Rockville
Don’t go back to Rockville
And waste another year
At night I drink myself to sleep and pretend
I don’t care if you’re not here with me
‘Cause it’s so much easier to handle
All my problems if I’m too far out to sea
But something better happen soon
Or it’s gonna be too late to bring you back

When people have an outlet to express themselves (like my Coping and Healing Groups), they’re saying it feels too late to bring ourselves back to where we were before the pandemic and that we might all be wasting another year waiting for this to be over.

How can any year be wasted if we meet each moment fully and as a friend?

What are your outlets, my friends?

Here’s another daily outlet for me: gratitude.

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18 thoughts on “Day 2707: Outlets

  1. love your ‘found’ heart. they always are a happy surprise for me, and it never gets old. my outlets, have been following peaceful pursuits – jigsaws, crosswords, cooking, reading, listening to music, following the crazy ways that olive the cat spends her days, watching films i’ve always wanted to see, writing, sending cards and letters to people, looking at my daffodils blooming without apology, ‘talking’ online with my kinder classes and their families, connecting online with those i care about, and walking outside in nature at a distance with people and often solo. not all in one day, i’m tired just reading this. )

  2. Thanks for making me consider this morning the concept that we cannot allow No Outlet’ become our ‘Dead End,’ Ann.

  3. Many of us find an outlet in blogging

  4. My outlets have been listening to music, watching movies, reading & eating junk food. ♪♪(o*゜∇゜)o~♪♪

  5. I think it’s wonderful that we all have so many varied outlets, but they all have one thing in common: our imaginations take in the world and then return such wonderful things as REM songs, or even a dance.

  6. I wonder what “to wait for this to be over” means? If we wait 20 minutes for a bus that is late, we know we are waiting for the bus because we can’t get downtown without it. But while we wait for “this time” to be over, we are living our lives. Maybe differently. We are on the bus of life already and the weeks and months and years will pass as surely (until we die), we are just travelling a different route.

    I try to learn something new every day. Today I learned that my favourite crows like to eat leftover cat food. The cat likes to watch them eat it,

  7. Outlets??????????????
    Let me think??????????
    We have power outlets, but not what you mean…………..
    Blogging and writing to pen pals are my outlets…………

  8. Love the carpet on your staircase. Your kitty is so sweet! My pup, TazE, is one of my pleasurable outlets … going for a walk with her. Hooray! Also, “connecting with others, remotely and in person,” is one of my favorite outlets. Like “sitting on the sofa” commented, I also like learning something new everyday. Today I learned emminate is spelled emanate! Your blog emanates positivity. Thank you, Ann. ❤ Bee well!!

    • It takes one positivity emanator to know another one, Jan! Thank you for another lovely, sweet comment. ❤

      • Good word. Not in the dictionary, bbut I’ll add it! Emanator … yes, one who emanates! To send forth, flow out, issue, as from a source of origin… so us, we know Who that Originator is! Praise the Source!! ❤

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