During these Covid times, how do we solitude-seeking-folks organize our weeks? I’ve always liked a rhythm, which of course has changed over the years. When I was teaching, the weekly routine was easy; into the classroom I’d go every day--being sick was never worth it, as every teacher knows. Weekends were spent with family and preparing for the next week in the classroom.
After I retired I developed other busy, weekly routines. Now with Covid, my days have embraced a comfortable rhythm of silence, solitude, and simplicity, which I’m hoping won’t change after we all get vaccinated and are out and about again. In fact, at my age, I don’t want to be out and about very much, although I’d jump at the chance to go to a restaurant or visit a museum with a friend.
At the moment, here’s my simple weekly routine.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, at home with no regular social plans. I try to keep the days free for me to choose everything I do.
Tuesday, lunch at a friend’s house (we have created a tiny bubble); volunteer at a food pantry, providing groceries to seniors; and then grocery shopping on my way home.
Friday, a day with friends; chatting with my sister and others, Zooming with teachers and others; walking with friends.
Saturday, a day at home with my husband
Sunday, a church day. As best I can, I treat it as a Sabbath Day. Sometimes a chat with a friend.
That‘s the week; a simple routine, with plenty of times for silence and solitude.