Changing…Evolving…Acclimating

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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11 responses to Changing…Evolving…Acclimating

    • bikerchick57 says:

      It felt so good, Judy, to walk with my pastor and talk and be next to a human that has been important in my life. I’m hoping to do more of this as the weeks go by and possibly squeeze in a hug or two with my fellow vaccinated friends.

  1. Dan Antion says:

    I am so happy for you, Mary. I love your choice of first people to see. I look forward to pictures from trails and parks and pubs throughout the summer. Remaining careful is a good thing, but getting back into life is wonderful.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Dan. With spring, new living arrangements and the vaccine, it feels like a good, positive chapter ahead. No worries, I think there shall be plenty of photos this summer. 🙂

  2. murisopsis says:

    We are now vaccinated and protected but still mask up and practice safety procedures because there are so many who are not going to get vaccinated. In fact, I heard a young man in my ceramics class (where class size is limited, physical distancing is enforced and masks are mandatory) state that he isn’t going to get vaccinated because he doesn’t want the inconvenience of getting the vaccination. I had to bit my tongue – it is a lot more inconvenient to end up in the hospital… he followed that up with his lament that it was hard to find a date and again he doesn’t see the connection!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Good Lord, I think that young man should never be in a position of leadership with that train of thought. If he finds getting a vaccine difficult and too much work, then I wonder how he gets through the rest of life. I hope you didn’t make your lip bleed…I would have bit down hard.

  3. Ally Bean says:

    When I’m fully vaccinated in a few weeks, I plan to follow your lead. I’m an introvert, not a hermit– and this last year has clarified that distinction for me.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      There were times this past winter that I felt like Rip Van Winkle – sleeping my life away, not doing much of anything. So, it is good to be out and about again. Enjoy your introverted social life, Ally!

  4. dweezer19 says:

    I agree Mary. The saddest part in all of this is that if people had just worn masks in the beginning we would not have had to isolate so much. There was never a need to hide away if we could have followed some rules. I’m so happy you are getting put more and able to connect. We are doing the same here, although with my husband’s compromised health we are still being cautious about crowds and small spaces. It feels so good to be with family again. Happy biking!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I know, Cheryl. I’m still not understanding why so many people refused to believe science and cooperate when lives were on the line. It’s so selfish. Thankfully, I am able to get out more and see the other vaccinated people I miss most.

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