There are days where it would be so nice to hide under an umbrella at the beach with a drink in one hand and a book in the other. I think today would be a perfect one for this. There’s nothing like the sound of the ocean with the waves crashing down and building up. You can hear the seagulls talking incessantly and the salt in the air fills your nostrils with an incredible aroma. The folks on the beach are having a wonderful time frolicking in the ocean or laying about soaking up the rays. You hear the playful sounds of families and friends congregating for a serene moment with loved ones. The sand squishes beneath your toes and feels as refreshing as if you are having a pedicure. It’s only when you leave the beach that you feel the need to wash the sand away and start heading back to your hotel or place of rest. It there’s one thing that this Corona Virus has made me appreciate, it’s the things that we all have taken for granted over the last few years.
I’ve always been one to love to gather with my friends and just hang out. I hate being alone but I’m comfortable with being alone now. I think so much of it stems from growing up as an only child. Most of my friends are men. No offense to women but it’s been my experience that most women are catty and callous. Sure there are men that fit this description as well but I’ve found that many guys are more comfortable saying what they think than women. For women, looks are a quintessential part of how they project themselves. Men have this issue to but men get more of a pass than women do. If a woman starts gaining weight, immediately the conversation turns to what diet is the best for them. Gym memberships and workouts become expected so that not only do women keep in sultry shape but that the image they project is satisfactory to others in a pleasing way. Here’s what I think of that. While no one wants to take away from someone feeling good about themselves and projecting a confident image, why is it that society focuses so much on the weight of a person and not what that person can bring to the table? In light of Corona, not many people are looking the best they ever have. Depression and anxiety have been increasing among many people due to the limited ability to function.
I dreaded going into the office today. Why? Because I knew that after taking some days off that there would be all kinds of problems that had to be solved once I got there. I was right. There’s nothing like finding out that the cash drawer is off significantly from where it’s supposed to be. Fortunately, the money was found and I could breathe a sigh of relief but that didn’t stop me from thinking what the heck happened? I have a regular assistant who works one day a week. She needed three weeks in a row off. I worked with her to make it happen but when a person takes that much time off, they will forget pertinent information. That’s not a slam on her or anyone but the phrase “If you don’t use it, you lose it.” is more relevant than ever. We are being put into a time frame that we are learning how to do things differently for the safety of ourselves and others. Zoom calls are becoming the norm. Daily emails are being flooded because more people are working from home than ever. No matter how anyone looks at this virus, our lives have been turned upside down and so have relationships with others.
Sometimes the thought of going out to eat scares me. Mostly because I’m afraid that I could pick the virus up easily. I know the servers are wearing masks and gloves but it still is a very scary time in our history. Yet the need to be with others and just enjoy a fresh drink with a nice meal overtakes that fear. I have a couple of friends that I can’t wait to connect with just because we know each other so well and don’t take offense when we need to use profanity and accept each other as we are.
I think the best part of Monday is that it’s the start of the week which means it will go by before you know it. While I don’t wish my life away, I truly think that Monday’s are what we make them. When we focus on our goals and ambitions, the week seems to evaporate like a bad aroma that finally dissipates. We all need a pick me up every now and then but Mondays are the days where everyone has had the weekend to get other things accomplished. The other thing that is great about Monday is that it gets the excuse for just about everything that can go wrong. Remember the song “Manic Monday” by the Bangles? Yep. I can agree with their lyrics on a lot of levels.
So by the time this blog is posted is will be Tuesday. Taco Tuesday. Man I am getting the craving for some tacos right about now. Too bad it’s still Monday and the specials will make me wait another day. Oh well. I can’t wait to see what Tuesday will bring. The heat only gives me a taste of what is truly in store for me. I hope your Mondays are met with humor, laughing and a lot of positive energy. Keep it going the rest of the week.