To enjoy daily life, I do pay attention to my routines. And do other necessary things as little as possible, besides my work.
I have a friend who works less and spend time with her dog at home as much as possible. And her husband happened to be one of work-from-home people due to Covid, now she is spending most of her time with her family at home.
She is the first person let me have an idea working from home to secure time for myself. And she’s been my role model for more than 10 years to such lifestyle.
I and my partner moved to my parents house in 2019, after my dad has passed away.
And in Feb of 2020, there Covid-19 has emerged, in Apr we both started work from home it’s been staying until today.
To be honest, I have not much friends from the beginning since I got married in my thirties. I was busy with my work and busy being a wife as well so my life became less out going lifestyle for years.
I used to like going out, shopping, hanging around with my friends.
Had many trips to overseas, Onsen hot springs around home, eating out or just hanging around with them all day in my twenties. I spent healthy twenties that left me a lot of funny memories.
Maybe for that reason and for my age, without any frustration I was able to transfer to a new normal life.
Staying at home 24/7 with my family did not cause any issues.
If I love going out very much, then staying at home for one year or years would have suffocated me, fortunately it didn’t.
Likewise my mom is not much outgoing so is my partner.
Interestingly my older brother is very sociable and loves going out. He prefers going back to a normal life of Before-Covid.
Sometimes we do going out, going to a driving range, watching a baseball game, a rugby game, a sumo.
But mostly simple living, a bit of exercise, eat well, sleep well, enjoy bath and reading books.
I read same book to remind myself that I’m never the same.
We are never the same therefore every day is different even if doing routine things.
I have written it several times in the past, by doing same things every day I can learn that I am different every day.
This morning we woke up at 4:50 to go our favorite driving range, surprisingly there were already too many golf lovers. We were shocked but anyway grabbed clubs and ran to the second floor looking for a seat or seats for two of us.
When we almost lost our hope, a gentleman right in font where we were standing said to us that he’s finished so we can take his place.
We thanked him a couple times.
That small kindness gave us chance to enjoy one hour practice together.
When I was younger I was almost always looking for a new thing new place something new, as I was thinking new things are better things. Now I can find new within my familiar daily life. Growing old is not so bad it taught me to be comfortable with what I do have.
Tomorrow is Monday, used to be it felt sad, now I think myself lucky that I have a job.
Next weekend I’ll be pruning hydrangeas in the backyard for mom, so that we can enjoy flowers in next rain season also.