As far as I know, I'm not a whiner by nature. I'm mostly an optimist. But now I think I'm joining many millions of people who feel the same way I do. Maybe we should call ourselves the Worldwide Whiners Society.
Whine #1: I want to go to an air conditioned restaurant full of people and complain about how noisy it is.
#2: I want to throw all of my masks in the trash. Or at least the recycle bin.
#3: I want to have six friends to my house for dinner. Inside, and closer than six feet.
#4: It is summer in the Tucson desert. I want to be able to walk or ride my bike any time of the day instead of very early in the morning. I am not a morning person.
#5: I want to go to a real life church service. And a real live continuing education class. And a real live AA meeting. Zoom helps, but not really.
#6: I want to greet every friend I have with a long hug.
#7: I want to swim in a pool in the evening. The one in our retirement community closes at 4 because there aren't staff on duty after that to do the every-two-hour sanitizing thing.
#8: I want to see at play at the Arizona Theatre Company sitting between my husband Art and my good friend Ellen. We have season tickets we probably won't be able to use.
#9: I want to participate in the march on Washington instead of staying home because flights are too crowded and I'm an "elderly".
#10: I want to fly to Greece just one more time to volunteer with refugees.
On the other hand, my optimist side is grateful:
Grateful #1: We have A/C in our little Tucson place.
#2: I've got about eight masks, and I like them all.
#3: I have way more than six friends in my life - in Tucson and in Seattle and in other places in the country and around the world.
#4: I have an e-bike and there is a great bicycling loop in Tucson and my bike will get me around in the hills of Washington State.
#5: I have a church that feels like home, and continuing education classes available in both Tucson and Seattle, and AA meetings in both places that I love.
#6: I am a good hugger.
#7: There are multiple swimming pools nearby and I can use them just about any time of day except in the evening.
#8: I love the theatre, and there are excellent venues in both Tucson and Seattle. And I can afford season tickets.
#9: Even though I'm an "elderly" I've found joy in volunteering with refugees and asylum seekers and people in conflict with each other.
#10: I have a bunch of destinations still on my travel bucket list, and as long as I keep myself safe and healthy I'm likely to get to them all.
It's about perspective, you know. And this too shall pass.
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