Has the past 12 months been a “lost year” for you due to the pandemic?

Was there anything special you were able to do with the hours spent commuting, playing group sports, going to parties, singing in choirs, participating in community activities, and visiting family? and to friends in person?

Or was the last year a run on the Jetsons’ treadmill, with constant adjustments to changing school schedules, juggling errands and parcel deliveries between Zoom calls, frustrating experiences of learning new tech for working from home or communicating with the government, or some dreary, weary similitude – until you can’t remember the days of the week and every square on the calendar turns Blursday?

If you had told me in March 2020, I would have a whole year working from home, I would have done big, exciting projects on how to use time: emptying boxes in the closet (s!), donating old books and clothes, finishing dormant writing projects for a long time, lounging in books both on tape and on paper, and contacting old friends by phone and mail (with stamps and all)!

But nothing like that happened.

To me, the last 12 months seem like a “lost year”: time that has slipped through my fingers without clear memories, sense of direction or concrete achievements of any kind. When I look back I can’t believe I haven’t done more all this time.

I admit being envious of people who made lemonade with a year of lemons. They learned to make bread, cakes and pies from scratch. They bought exercise equipment and started intense home fitness programs. They learned to knit, crochet, embroider or sew. They explored creative avenues such as painting or pottery. They began to practice meditation or yoga. They filled in diaries and coloring books. They watched online lectures for fun or took online courses to advance their careers.

Does all of this describe you?

I did a good thing, even though I started it before the pandemic: I had a streak on a language app and managed to stick with it. From a minimum commitment of five minutes (some evenings I do more), I picked up enough vocabulary to understand simple newspaper articles in French. People who talk at normal speed still leave me in the dust, and I hesitate to speak, but I will be able to communicate a little better in hotels, restaurants and shops if I visit French-Canadian cities again.

Here again is today’s question:

  • Has the past 12 months been a “lost year” due to the pandemic?

DKonversation: what to talk about is a open wire to go out, enjoy a virtual drink, look around, evacuate, declaim, ask questions, whatever. We all need a lot of places online to come together like this until we can meet again in person.

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