My life has gone virtual.
I just went virtual grocery shopping via Instacart. This is for fourth or fifth time for me. Each time it gets a little easier. I have been sharing the shopping with my neighbor Sue makes the task a little less onerous.
A writing group I am a sporadic member of is thinking about using Zoom to meet. I have done a few family & friends zoom meets and they actually have gone fairly well. At least we get to see each other and chat in real time.
I have been participating in social media platforms even more than I was before. Facebook and Instagram are my chief addictions. I check Twitter once in a while. YouTube is right up there. My church has been broadcasting via YT and I must say I have been attending regularly after a long absence.
I've dabbled in a few others, but these are the ones I am most acquainted with and are easy for someone such as me.
I have also been sending this blog and my pholog via email to a select group of friends who don't necessarily participate in any of the foregoing. My computer and smart phone have become my chief facilitator of communications these days.
For other entertainment I am using my DVR more than ever to watch Jeopardy, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, some Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper. I also enjoy some escapist network shows like American Housewife and Bob Hearts Abashola for some much needed comic relief.
It is amazing to me just far we have come from the days of radio and three channel TV. Yes, I go back that far. I remember how my folks reminisced about the days before any of that. I used to be in awe of the changes they must have seen in their lifetimes. Now here I am, thinking the same thing about the changes I have seen in my lifetime.
All the above technologies have their problems to be sure. One friend calls them "time-sucks." Another fears they are invasions of privacy and we run the risk of being hacked. Honestly, that can happen just tossing you mail in a careless fashion.
Basically, I appreciate the ability to continue living virtually through this technology and associated science. It is all a choice. I choose to use it to my advantage. I always think to myself there are plenty of more interesting and lucrative targets out there for hackers and thieves.
So I live by password, encrypt where possible and keep my fingers crossed always. It's all part of what is fast becoming the virtual way of life. I still go outside daily for walks with the dogs. On decent days, I work in the yard. I do my chores and function okay in "real time". I'd have to say, I'm keeping up okay.