Recently a lot of interesting and strange facts have hit the news regarding the past year.
Despite the fact that many people have been working from home, car accidents and resulting deaths were up. Now, many of my friends have not been working from home every day. One of their observations was how people were driving more erratically. As a commuter in the DC area, I found that hard to believe because drivers in DC stink. Imagine increasing stinkiness in their driving. I can’t, but I guess it’s possible. And, it’s evidently possible across the country because statistics say so. That’s just plain sad.
Because of the virus, many (some?) people have altered their lifestyles greatly. There’s been a lot of outrage from several groups saying that people were having mental issues. I can understand that. I’m there with that. Yet, a statistic just came out that suicides were down 5%. Maybe because we’re not seeing people flaunting their imaginary lifestyles on instagram, making a lot of people feel bad about their own lives, it’s actually saved lives? Food for thought.
And births are down. Now, is that any surprise really? The past year hasn’t been a two-night blackout that can be sexy with candles and hot nights. No, it’s been 24/7 with the person you said you’d support until you die and now you’re at the point where that might actually become a thing. You’ve actually googled undetectable poisons. This year has definitely been the make and break of relationships, unless you’re fortunate enough to own more than one home…or a tent.
One of the weirdest things for me is seeing my neighbors. I worked from home a lot before covid and I liked it because my neighborhood was quiet. It isn’t anymore. There have been hours where people I’ve never seen before march up and down the sidewalks on their daily strolls. Their kids tag along and you wonder if it’s entire parade because of the noise. My nextdoor neighbors allowed their kids to play Shakira’s greatest hits over and over every afternoon while I was working until I no longer wanted to shake my hips with or without a lie, mostly a lie, and wished that their smart speaker would die. And die a terrible water-infiltrated death. One neighbor has completely disappeared. I don’t know what happened to her…or her son. I’ve thought of asking her husband, but didn’t want to be nosy…although I am. Two neighbors have just sold up and gone. Long term neighbors who, I guess, decided they were done here. I can’t blame them. I’m kind of done here too. The things I’ve been slow in discovering because I really never paid much attention to my neighborhood or neighbors because I was always working so much is that while you can pick your friends who become your second family, you can’t pick your neighbors. Well, I guess you could if you went door-to-door before you moved in and asked highly personal questions that might get you booted out of the neighborhood before you even buy your house. It is so strange to realize that you are surrounded by a group of people with whom you have nothing in common, except dogs. But, considering that most people in this neighborhood, the next one, and the next one all have dogs, pandemic puppies, that’s not saying much. My prayer is that when they all go back to work, they keep their puppies. Please keep your pandemic puppies.🙏
We’re not back to being normal yet. I keep hoping that we’ll reach a point where people learn something, realize something, behave responsibly, care. I guess that’s good for me that I still have hope because I’m not sure I have a lot of reason to do so.
Any thoughts or observations you’d like to share on this past year?
I’ll leave you with a song….what else is new? 😉