The Daily Prompt for September 4, 2015 says: “A contagious disease requires you to be put into quarantine for a whole month (don’t worry, you get well by the time you’re free to go!). How would you spend your time in isolation?”
This is probably the easiest question anyone could ask me!
Assuming I’m not too sick to do so, I’d spend the time reading (never enough time to read everything), writing (ditto), and resting.
If the isolation was away from home, they’d better let me bring my Kindle so I have plenty to read and my Blackberry and Kindle Fire for playing games and writing and blogging. If it’s at home, I have so many printed books to read that I could probably skip the tablets. (Yes, I have the Bible in both printed and ebook forms, several versions, and would read it during this month, along with other books.)
I might watch some TV or play some variations of solitaire (shout out to Pretty Good Solitaire for their awesome collection of variants and their Pretty Good Mah Jongg rocks, too!). If I get stressed out during my isolation, I will need at least one deck of Bicycle Cards to shuffle and deal out a hand or three of solitaire; the only thing better for calming me than shuffling a deck of cards is stroking a purring kitty cat.
I’d be missing my wife and cats, of course, and hoping that they were well. If I could call her, I’d talk to my wife on the phone every day — we bonded over phone calls and I still chuckle over some of those years later.
The hardest thing about this (other than missing my wife and cats) would be staying energized and focused. I am an extrovert and I get pumped up being around other people. Of course, people are also distracting. So, time alone can be productive or restful, depending on the circumstances. If I am feeling pumped, I might even take some time during the month to plan how I can better help other people when I am released, what I can do to minister to folks after my rest.
One philosopher wrote that hell is other people. Being trapped with anyone for an extended period of time will bring out the worst in anybody.
Other philosophers wrote that heaven is other people. Being around those you love and doing things in harmony with them is a truly heavenly experience.
So, a month alone might be a wonderful vacation, but like most vacations, it’s a good thing they don’t last forever.
Thanks for suggesting this prompt, Priceless Joy!”
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Inside the Bubble.”