A New Normal

People have been writing, “I bet you have plenty of time to write.” My answer is, “Yes I do.” What I don’t say is that the virus has become such a distraction it is difficult to write. I talked to one of my muses who is a poet. She tells me that her poetry class which she now does virtually, does nothing but talk about the virus rather than their writing. I reached out to my friend Anne who is a world famous poet, she says the same thing. She can’t get any work done. Over and over again I talk to writers who should be using this time to write, who instead are consumed by this more than a hiccup in everyone’s lives.

I thought about my writing problem a lot recently, and was reminded of one of Suzy’s favorites — “After a while a crisis becomes the new normal.”  I realized that I had to let all my anxiety go and adjust to the new normal. I was going to the gym twice a week to work with a trainer, but that’s not going to happen right now. So I had to put on the calendar “work out with Webb.” and do the exercises my trainer gave me. My friend Stan and I used to walk three times a week. Now we walk every morning unless it rains. I adjusted my meditation and writing the Pew which always brings me peace. And finally I adjusted my writing schedule to Suzy being home most of the day, and my worry about my friends. I’m still fine tuning this latter, but I am back to making real progress.

In Suzy’s words, I am adjusting to the “new normal.” I quit worrying about when it will end, it will. I quit worrying about would I miss some summer vacation plans, I will, but there will be more vacations. And most importantly I’ve factored into my day a little more time to be grateful for Suzy riding this virus out with me. I am very lucky not to be alone during this time, and to be grateful that all my family is healthy and each adjusting to their “new normal.” I try to pack my day with gratefuls, and fewer complaints.

Life takes a little “getting used to,” so does change, but there are worse things.


About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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