Learning Something New During COVID
Lots of simple every day things became very complicated last year. For most people, this meant learning something new during COVID. We had to plan in detail how to get groceries. The home became a classroom with the teacher on a computer. How could we be with family and friends without being with them?
As a senior citizen, the world seemed to change completely. Sure cell phones and computers were already the norm for many seniors. But, we had to learn a new way to use them.
We may not have liked it, but platforms like Facetime and Skype were the only way for us to see each other. There was always one member of the family who had trouble with the technology. “Can you hear me?” “Now I can’t see you.” “Put the dog outside so she won’t bark.”
“You’re muted. Unmute yourself.” was commonly said even though the other person couldn’t hear because they were muted. Exaggerated facial expressions, pointing fingers down, lip reading and far too close close-ups made a strange experience fun.
The normal activities of life changed so that we were all learning something new during COVID.
Face Masks and Social Distancing
I remember, early on during the Pandemic, being worried about going out my front door. The backyard seemed okay, but I was nervous about being in the front yard. Face masks and social distancing in public were part of learning new things during COVID. My face mask always made my glasses fog so I always took the glasses off inside. I was in less danger from COVID while wearing the face mask, but in more danger of tripping because I couldn’t see. Store lines seemed longer standing further apart. Shopping took longer because I couldn’t see. But, these two simple precautions have helped everyone. I like the social distancing anyway. I am getting used to the mask.
COVID restrictions prevented meetings. This included gathering for church. As a priest, I had to figure out how to provide worship online with music, readers, intercessors and others while completely by myself. This new adventure meant bringing the internet into the church. Webcams were set up here and there. I learned a streaming program to allow for switching camera shots and streamed live participants.
Old equipment pieced together worked to bring people together while still in their homes. There were lots of glitches but services were held in an empty church.
From this experience, my wife and I have started a Youtube channel about our lives together as senior citizens. The channel is new. We don’t really know what we’re doing yet. We’re not too exciting. But we are having fun.
Keeping Doing What You Learned
Whether you started walking to beat the boredom or tried cooking for the first time during COVID, I suggest that you keep doing that new thing. Of all the things you could have started during COVID this is what you chose. There must have been a reason. By now, you are probably pretty good at it. I suggest you keep doing it. Not only that, I suggest that you try something new.