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Over the weekend I gave some thought to how my efforts to kick start my social life post lockdown is going. My aim is to have enough to do but to avoid overloading myself. I see my ideal life as being calm but with patches of busyness thrown in without the need to be rushing from one thing to another, and I still want to spend a good deal of time on my own just pottering, enjoying my own company and doing whatever I want to do.
I know that I cope much better when I have a schedule of sorts, not to be rigidly followed in any way but enough for me to know that I have things to do, some social events to keep me happy, and lots of time to have my own adventures ... I live alone and the days can be long so I like to know that I have things to keep me occupied and things look forward to. I already know I have enough daily things to occupy myself with ... piano practice, Italian practice, a 10 - 20 minutes walk, and chatting with all of you via this blog, all of which accounts for about 2/2½ hours of my day, so I'm not really looking to add in any more daily commitments. Weekly activities currently only account for 5 hours of my time during a week but I doubt that I will be looking for any more just yet ... there's my piano lesson, the two online nutrition classes, the personal training session, and there will be a weekly Italian conversation online session starting next week (I think). All together my daily and weekly commitments leave plenty of spare time for other things, even for housework but I've tried my best to suppress that sort of thinking!
For monthly things there's now the Ladies That Lunch as I've decided to give the WI a try and that offers the potential for additional monthly events ... I know there's a reading/book group, day trips, and quizzes, all I which I'd be interested in. As for rebuilding my friendship group, if things work out with meeting up with A to play Scrabble it'll mean that I'll have four friends that I will be meeting up with regularly (J, L, Joy, and A) and others less regularly (H, K, E, E, L&P) and at the moment that feels enough as there's also time with family, which includes J and her daughters, to consider as well.
Obviously I am more than pleased with how things are going but I've decided that, for now, I'll shelf the idea to join a choir and just see how things go. Life is definitely different now in that meeting up with people is arranged rather than just dropping in on a friend for a chat or people just calling in here but I'm okay with that. I don't know how it'll all work out as it seems that Covid numbers are on the increase again so that may impact on what it feels safe to do, but I have made a start and that feels good!
I enjoyed a quiet weekend at home so am meeting today head on with plans to work through some of the correspondence that's arrived in the last few days. It's all or nothing isn't it, and the post has brought three complicated forms that will be time consuming to complete and return. I'll make a start on the worst one this morning and there's a supermarket delivery due between 9am and 1pm. I hope it arrives early as L is coming to lunch and the lunch ingredients are in the delivery!