A lot of people, most people really, are pretty stoked that there are only a couple of weeks left to 2020. To be honest, I see no evidence that 2021 will be any better than this year was but it’s good to stay positive. It’s like I’ve always told my wife: enjoy and appreciate the positive aspects of where we are, because the next spot may be much, much worse… The same words can easily apply to the world’s transition from ’20 to ’21.
Before I get too morose and negative, this time of year also brings the holiday season along with it. The world has changed in the way that it does business. And before everyone jumps on the internet bandwagon to tell me that I can not only do all of my Christmas shopping online but have it delivered to my home, I’m well aware. But sometimes you can’t beat the feeling of being out and handling the items yourself before paying for them. In some instances, this is also the only way to guarantee that you’re getting what you planned on, and not some wrong-sized or incorrect item because of an error on the other end when ordering online.
I was out running errands about two weeks ago. As I had brought Nathan to his bus stop with the SUV (he’s pretty spoiled), I took off to go do some shopping and run errands right away at 8 a.m. I discovered something that really shouldn’t have surprised me. The stores I went to were basically empty. Since most people were gone to school or off to their workday, I pretty much had the aisles to myself. It was nice, because I was able to shop around and actually look at stuff, take my time and wander without worrying that I was holding up someone behind me. You know, since they’re supposed to keep six feet away.
I think we forget that frequenting retail locations (when necessary) during these “quiet” periods is an excellent way to run your errands and get the stuff you need while managing to social distance the way everyone should. Plus, the peace and quiet that accompanies said shopping is a great way to let your mind float and start your day. No long-winded post with heavy explanations today. I just thought it was neat and that I should share. Stay safe! ☯