Both Sides Now
The world has narrowed for most of us.
We used to go where we pleased. We ate in restaurants, we drank beer at breweries and we went to see live music shows--packed like sardines into small venues.
We traveled without caution. We went to amusement parks and movie theaters without fear. We stood in line for things right next to each other.
But the world has changed and so have we.
We might be able to see what's happening in Sri Lanka by touching the screen on our phone, but we either can't or won't drive to shop in our favorite store in the next town over. The world has narrowed.
We've been quarantining for the past several days because my middle son tested positive for COVID, and we've got a few more to go before we can get tested again.
Even the little bit of freedom we have had during COVID has been removed now as we're hunkering down in the house, retreating to our various corners... waiting it out.
It's not a terrible thing, really. We have everything we need, and then some.
But I'm more aware of the narrowing of things than I was a little less than a year ago when all of this madness began. I'm rawer than I was then, I suppose. I am more susceptible to feelings of helplessness.
I heard an old song today, sung by someone new. The song is Both Sides Now written by Joni Mitchell in 1968, but sung by a new artist by the name Luke Sital.
And they shake their heads, they say I've changed
Well something's lost, but something's gained
In living every day
I've looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all