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I can still…

As we come up to the end of one of the weirdest years ever, I’ve been reflecting on the good, the bad and ugly of the year. Back in March, I wrote a post called Rough Waters Make Good Sailors. We were such innocents in March. This new thing call a pandemic was just beginning. We were going into shutdowns that were believed to solve the problem if only we would shelter in place for a few weeks. Surely this would all be over by summer, right? As I watched all kinds of fun plans melt off of my calendar, I wondered what I could still do. In the spring, I was just taking up sculling on the lake. Would that be allowed? How about riding horses? Water skiing? Hiking? At the height of the shelter in place madness, I was out on the lake in my rowing shell and I caught myself wondering “Is this ok?” “What if someone tells me to get back in my house?” “What if I see the police boat?” “Can I catch the virus out here?” It was that last thought that brought me back to reality. My thoughts out on the lake were driven by two questions. The first involved the age old fear of “What will people think?” I learned it early, when my mother told me to wear clean underwear in case I got in an accident. Even as a child, I took that advice with a grain of salt. After ...
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