More Social Than You Think?

Ever ask yourself, how social am I? In person social contact has taken on a new dimension these days given our expiring ‘shelter at home’ orders and phased re-openings. So now what have we learned about ourselves after being forced to social distance?

Before this, most people prized their alone time. Indeed, a certain TED talk made a compelling case that from time to time you not only needed to be alone but also needed to be bored for the sake of your mental health. And, per that talk, boredom is also necessary for your creativity. In my case, I can confirm that some of my best ideas for fiction have come when my mind can wander either by doing a mindless task or just contemplating my navel, figuratively speaking.

Re-entering Life

Very soon, for reasons that could equally be called prudent or reckless, the economy will re-open with adequate testing capacity be damned. Depending on where you are will dictate how quickly this happens and in what stages. But as I understand it, there’ll be a new normal until a vaccine is perfected about 12 to 18 months from now. Please note that the 12 to 18 months estimate hasn’t changed for a couple of months. Shouldn’t the estimate be down to 10 to 16? But I digress. I’d like to imagine what the pre-vaccine normal will look like.