Journal, Routine

Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in catastrophic levels of death and illness. Fortunately for me, the chaos and extreme loss of this illness have remained far away, at least for the time being. However, I have not entirely evaded the impact of this virus. Whereas I consider myself to be an introvert, I–like many others–have been feeling the strain of semi-quarantine conditions.

Although I consider myself fortunate to have escaped the worst of the pandemic, I have seen many of the good habits and practices I put into place start to wane or slacken. I can see how many might think that good habits are unimportant right now, but these activities tend to lessen my anxiety and lead to greater stability, which makes them all the more essential in times like these.

It might be clear why I’ve been unable to stay on track. Despite having more opportunities than ever to institute good habits and make the most of my days, I find myself overindulging in some practices and neglecting others. I’ve also miraculously revived a few activities that had lain dormant.

Whereas it has taken some time to feel completely out of whack due to my dereliction, I am starting to feel the need to get back to basics. Luckily, I have the opportunity to hit a reset this week because I’m going out of town. Whereas I’m going to do my best to make this a hard reset, I’m also going to make some changes before leaving. There’s no reason to wait, so I’m going to start doing good things before my departure.

Specifically, I want to reinstate my morning prep, which was abandoned, in part, because of starting to work from home and, in part, due to my recent move. Then, I want to get back on track with my weights and jumping rope. I haven’t given up these activities, but I have been somewhat less than intentional in their routine execution.

I mention in the introduction that I do not always achieve the aims outlined in my journal. These writings are simply a guidebook that helps me during times in which I need to remember my way and start walking it.

photo: Mika Baumeister

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Justin Meckes is a writer and filmmaker living in Durham, NC. His stories have been published in various online journals and magazines. He has ghostwritten a sci-fi novel and is the author of several children's books. You can reach him by sending an email to contact@justinmeckes.com.