Just Hanging Out

Yesterday afternoon I received the second dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. I feel a bit woozy and my back aches. All things considered, I’m OK and feel optimistic about the future.

From now on, I’ll be piecing together a more normal lifestyle. Undoubtedly, there will be some changes in daily routine and the way I interact with people for awhile longer. These are the costs of wishing to stay alive and healthy. I’ve lived through worse scenarios.

The part of normalcy that I’m most looking forward to is being able to just hang out with friends again. The lock-down and social distancing have been a bit rough on my emotional state. Feeling low-down and moody occur when I’m unable to interact, face to face with friends and acquaintances. I’m lucky to have people in my life who are funny and light-hearted. They offset my tendency to take life too seriously.

Hanging out with friends means we can all let go of goal setting, complaining, and soul-searching. Even introverts like me need time out from introversion and contemplating the meaning of life. Hanging out is basically the act of being a human. Hanging out with no purpose in mind is when we’re really living.

What’s really cool is maintaining mindfulness when hanging out. I can see the inner light in everyone and how it shines to illuminate everyone else in an interdependent way. Blending together, the light beams carry everyone along with friendliness and warmth. If we’re watching a baseball game our lights are primarily focused on the progress of the contest. We can grouse about the teams, the playing, and coaching. When a run is scored, we all jump for joy. If our team loses, we console each other and move on to talk about whatever else is on our minds.

I usually prefer to just hang out with one or two people at a time. Time thus spent feels deeper and has a more personal quality. We might chit chat for awhile, then become silent. It’s not an awkward quiet. This type of wordlessness is a time to enjoy the presence of each other. Not needing to fidget with electronic devices or other distractions while with a friend or two is a sign of acceptance and true comfort. Silently sharing a sunset with my lover is a sublime example of quality time.

As I’ve gotten older, I’d rather hang out at my house or one of my friends’ houses than go out on the town. I’ve never been much of a bar-hopper or club-boy. I sampled that lifestyle when I was a young buck, but it didn’t resonate with my nature. I only partied like that in order to fit in with the crowd. I’m more of a quiet, walk on the beach kind of guy. I derive great joy from just hanging out with a pal for no reason at all.

I know I’m just daydreaming about the post-Covid world. That’s OK because I feel optimistic about returning to normalcy. While this waiting period for the second vaccine takes place, I guess I’ll just hang out with myself awhile longer.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes highly decorated military veteran, philanthropist, and writer, Steve Maraboli. “If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles, you’re going to fly.” 

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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4 Responses to Just Hanging Out

  1. Hi. I got my second dose recently too. The vaccine makes some worries fade away. I’m hoping to do some vacationing this year.

  2. Congratulations on getting fully vaccinated and starting on the road to normalcy. Having that protection is a good feeling.

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