I’ve started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here.
The tip to day is to focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t.
I think I wasted three weeks (or more) thinking about what I couldn’t do. I missed a trip to the UK, I missed volleyball tournaments. Even weeks later, as I accepted some of the changes, I still was saddened as reminders came up for things to do (I had a couple other trips), or cancellations appeared (SQL Sat Richmond and Va Beach). Even now, I mourn some of the events that Redgate had tentatively planned, which are unlikely to take place.
Slowly I’m learning to appreciate other things. I’ve gotten caught up on some ranch repairs, which would have been harder if I was in the “normal” busy schedule.
I get to cook more and eat dinner with the family. Those are things I do because I have more time, life is slower, and my daughter is home from college.
I’m able to row more at home, which is something I haven’t done in a decade. Not that I don’t miss other things, but I have learned to appreciate rowing a couple times a week as a way of getting exercise. I’m also drinking more water (coping 25 Apr) with the water bottles filled up every morning.
More importantly, I get more time with my wife, which is great. I’m even riding with her some days, which she loves.