Pssst… hello, it’s me… loitering behind the curtain fall of 2021. Can we keep it down in case 2022 notices I’m playing hooky.
As January 1, 2022 dawned, I decided I detest the term new normal almost as much as I hate let it rip. I’m fortunate, for me the cost of the pandemic has merely been two years of truncated life. Despite their sameness I’m grateful for each day. And I’m unwilling to pin hopes on a flip of the calendar year, nor political spin.
Six or so years ago, as we were preparing to ditch the city to “follow our dream of living simply and creatively” in a rural village, if somebody had told me that I
could would have to make a life focussed primarily around our #LiveSimpleHomeMadeGrownLocalCreativeBetter philosophy… no matter how attractive the idea, no matter how dedicated our desire… I probably wouldn’t have believed it. I mean really focussed… sans our favourite distractions… travel, trips, daytrips, exploring the local area and further afield, going to a pub or café, browsing op-shops and markets, get-togethers and possibilities undetermined… I wouldn’t have believed that either.
But here we are, still. After reflecting on 2021 and inspecting my intentions for 2022, I decided under the circumstances I can’t do better than 2021 -and 2020, for that matter- where I worked incredibly hard to be at home in my life. Until conditions change, what I’ve been building over the past two coronavirus-curtailed years has sufficient currency to continue for quite some time. Cue standoff between me and 2022 à la Covid-19.
“She’s got Greta Garbo’s standoff sighs*, she’s got Bette Davis eyes.
― Kim Carnes
“Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life.”
― Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner
* “Greta Garbo standoff sighs is a reference to Garbo’s most famous movie line from Grand Hotel where she breathily says, ‘I want to be alone’ and the fact Garbo was completely standoffish with the public and press in her real life.”
**Be vewy vewy quiet.