Day 7 Of “The Quarantine.”

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I just got done with the Salt Lake Sit-Down #27 as I’m writing this. We talked about all sorts of things. Yes, we even touched on COVID-19, but we didn’t linger there too long thankfully. Most of what I wanted to talk about had nothing to do with the virus because we will get through it and get past it.

Job security is on the line at the moment. Many jobs are laying off people in droves. Even my job isn’t secure or for certain. There is always a possiblity that I could end up finding myself unemployed in the very near future. As of this writing I still have a job. That could all change by the time I write my next post. Am I concerned about it? Of course I am. Am I worried about it? No, I’m not. Whatever is going to happen will happen and I will deal with it accordingly if and when it ever happens. Worrying about it at this time isn’t going to change anything or alter it in any way. I might as well enjoy my life and my job while I still have it.

Life goes on. What are you doing? Are you stressed out and worried about everything going on around you? It’s okay to be concerned, but don’t let it consume you. Keep on with keeping on. Like everything in life, this too shall pass.

I can tell you right now, if I get laid off, I’m going to be livestreaming every day, and probably drinking on the daily as well. At least for the short term. I’m not going to worry too much about things, because things are going to be what they are going to be. I’ll survive it and come out better for it in the end, and so will you.

So get into strength training if that’s your thing, or carry on with it if that’s what you are already doing. Eat, drink, and be merry if that is more your style. Play your musical instrument(s) if that is your thing. Hell, play some video games and veg on the couch, I don’t care and I’m not going to judge you in all honesty. At the end of the day, nobody gives a shit. That can be a curse or that can be what sets you free, it all depends on how you want to look at it.

Be aware of what is going on around you, but don’t let it consume you. The sun will rise in the east as it has always done, and it will set in the west, just like it did yesterday. Life goes on. You’ll survive this as will I. We are stronger and more resilient than we give ourselves credit for.

Another thing I plan on doing during this period of unrest and uncertainty is reading more books. I’ve got a few on my Kindle that I haven’t gotten around to, and now is as good a time as any to get into them.

What are you doing during this time? Spending it with those who actually matter? Learning something new? Relaxing and decompressing? Playing games? Shooting the shit with people that you’ve come to care about? Whatever it is, enjoy it. Whatever is going to come will come. Whatever isn’t, won’t. No sense worrying about the things you have no control over. Might as well enjoy your life and enjoy your time.

Women and dating are pretty much on hold for me at the moment. Too much panic and uncertainty in the air. Too much bullshit. That’s okay though. I’ve got plenty of things to do in the meantime. I’ve got videos to make, podcasts to be a part of, and blog posts to write. I’ve got books to read and movies to watch. I’m good for quite some time. It’s interesting to see how much time I’ve dedicated to dating when that time all of a sudden gets freed up. Turns out I’ve spent a lot of my time pursuing women and I’ve always struggled to find ways to balance out dating and doing everything else I do. Now I have a lot more time to pursue other endeavors. That’s a good thing.

Things are starting to settle down as far as the earthquake goes. There are still aftershocks going on as I write this. Yesterday one ripped through my area while I was doing a livestream with Masculine Geek. A 3.6 I believe. Shook the camera, made some noise on my end, and sent the cats running for cover. By the time I realized what was going on, it was over. That’s how quick aftershocks come and go. Not much time to react to them. The shitty part about aftershocks is you don’t know if and when the next one is going to hit, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about them when they do show up. It’s just a matter of bracing yourself and riding it out until it’s done. Thankfully they only last a couple of seconds.

I just wish they would be over and done with so that I can return to some semblance of “normalcy” in my life. At least with a lot of other “natural disasters,” once it is over, it’s over. You can then ascertain the damages and get back on with your life. Earthquakes are a little different. Since you can’t see them and you don’t hear them until they are upon you, you have no idea if and when they are truly done. You get back to doing your thing and then an aftershock reminds you that things ain’t quite done yet, and may not be done for another month or so. This is how long they can go on for. A month. Maybe more. Maybe less. No one knows for sure because predicting earthquakes is nothing like predicting a tornado or a hurricane. The earth moves far slower than a storm cell does.

Life goes one and at the end of the day, nobody gives a shit. That’s huge if you think about it. Nobody gives a shit about you and your problems and your little life. Not really. That’s because they are all caught up in their little lives, which as far as I’m concerned is “normal,” and “how it should be.” When you realize that nobody gives a shit, you realize that you are on your own. Nobody, not even the government, is coming to save you. You get to save yourself.

That can either be incredibly depressing, or it can be the very thing that “sets you free.” You get to decide which one it is for you. You get to decide.

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