“If you can’t acclimate, you disintegrate.” – Katie Kacvinsky
I learned the art of acclimation working for a state government agency for many years. I often called our agency the Department of Change because we never sat still. Policy and procedures were constantly evolving and employees were expected to acclimate. We had no other choice.
Monday, May 10th, was a day of change, a day I became fully vaccinated and celebrated with a walk-and-talk with one of my pastors as he will be leaving soon to take a lead pastor position in another state. This may sound like a boring/mild celebration, but it was a first step toward acclimating to a different social world than the one I’ve lived in since March of 2020.
Natasha and I were uber careful over the last year and two months with mask wearing, social distancing, staying out of stores, utilizing curbside pick-up and online ordering. In our separate lives, we will continue to be careful, but with a little more freedom to be with other vaccinated beings and out in the world.
I bought an annual sticker to Wisconsin state parks over the weekend and will do the same with the state bike trails. I’ve made a few “dates” with other vaccinated friends that I haven’t hugged in a year or more. I’m returning to my massage therapist (double-masked and first thing in the morning because although I’m super needy, I will continue to practice safety). I’ll be volunteering in the garden at Loaves & Fishes (they feed the hungry) during the summer – planting, pulling weeds, watering and harvesting.
“In your action, you lose sight of the vision, you lose sight of your trust in the process, and you just bang around in a sense of futility. Hold the vision and trust that the universe will acclimate to your vision. Hold the vision and trust the process.” – Esther Hicks
I’m done banging around in the apartment, feeling separated from people and the vision I had with retirement in pre-pandemic days. I am in need of community, of being around other people, of acclimating to an outside universe that I’ve sorely missed.
I’m going to continue careful practices, to wear a mask and socially distance. Wash my hands and disinfect. Stay away from malls and theaters and the gigantic grocery and big box stores where hundreds of people shop. I will trust the process of an evolving social life as long as I don’t go crazy or become stupid and complacent. There’s still a pandemic out there with people who have not been vaccinated and a country that has not reached herd immunity.
For the summer and autumn months, though, I can evolve and acclimate into a different personal existence and enjoy the changes as they come. The hugs as they come.
And keep from disintegrating into the carpet of a smaller world at home.
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