Being alone since March in an apartment on a remote cove in Indonesia’s Riau Islands has been a blessing and a curse. And in the past couple of weeks the effects of isolation had really started to show. I didn’t get out of bed for a couple of days, I didn’t want to see other humans, and all the good work I had done on my diet was reversed as I stopped caring about what I ate and drank.
I’m snapped out of it now, thankfully. I schedule video chats with friends and family again. I’ve gone cold turkey with the booze, which kick-started the diet again. And I’m back to doing proactive biz dev to try and find new clients.
…I also know I’ve been lucky. No friend or family member has had the virus, which is amazing because I have some family in the U.S. who still carry on like there isn’t a global pandemic and continue to go on holiday and throw parties.
But life is definitely harder without friends and family. I’ve had one hug since March. That’s a long time without human contact!
This view is what has been the biggest gift and kept my spirits relatively intact (well, past couple weeks aside). I don’t look into any neighbours or a fence. I have a beautiful, natural landscape to gaze upon, no matter which direction I look.
Hopefully (fingers crossed!!) I’m only 5 more weeks away from being back with friends and surrounded by humans. My business visa is in progress in Malaysia and I should be moved back to KL in early October ???
If you’re in isolation and want to share how you’re coping, I’d love to hear it.
Please stay safe, happy and healthy friends.