No Pickleball. No Petanque. No Bingo. Even the Library is locked! What’s an active senior to do to fill the hours? And don’t say “Watch TV.” What could be worse than six weeks of “reality” shows, political commentary, soap operas, or Fox News? Not much, I assure you.
So, what can we do? Step back. Stand still for five minutes. Take a good look around your house, your yard, your neighbor’s yard. Is there something that needs doing? Go plant a flower or pull a weed. Scrub your mailbox, inside and out. Maybe the railing on your steps could use a paint job, but you’ve never just had the time to get around to it.
Do you have a craft project that is almost, but not entirely, finished? You’ve got the time now. Or dig out your knitting patterns and try a new stitch. You don’t like that one? Try another one. Is there something you always wanted to try, like sketching or tole painting? Go for it.
Not creative? Anyone can write a letter. Connect with someone you usually only hear from at Christmas. An elderly relative or old schoolmate might be glad to hear from you, unless you’re going to use up two pages of paper complaining about how everything is canceled!
Take a walk at dawn. Stop by one of the ponds and watch the sun come up. Take your camera – some of our sunrises are spectacular. Even the average ones are impressive in their own quiet way.
Do you have someone on your block who lives alone and may be lonely? Bake a batch of cookies or a loaf of bread and take it over. Stay to visit for an hour. It’ll mean the world to your neighbor.
Read a book. If the Public Library is open, go rootle around the stacks. Take out a Library Card if you don’t have one. Take out your Bible and read the Psalms or the Gospels.
This is the time to step back and take a look at your life. If you enjoy good health, thank God for it. If you can help someone in any way, do it. If you need help, ask for it. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the Universe is unfolding as it should.