AGING BABY BOOMERS RE-ENTER THE OUTSIDE WORLD
Lockdowns are being lifted. Yay!
Risk assessments (see previous post) are done. Whew!
What's next for Baby Boomers?
Decide how to rejoin the outside world.
Eagerly plunge into resuming all pre-lockdown activities and behaviors, such as: in-person socializing, attending indoor events, pursuing adventures ...
Gradually re-enter the outside world one activity at a time.
If this is your choice, what will you do first:
- Reunite with grandchildren, extended family, friends ...
- Participate in religious services at a house of worship
- Dine indoors at a favorite restaurant
- Attend large celebrations, sporting events, concerts ...
- Enroll in classes, visit museums/art galleries, concerts ...
- Travel by airplane, cruise ship, road trip ...
- Wander around large shopping malls ...
Whatever you choose, do not be alarmed if you notice diminished strength and endurance after emerging from lockdown.
Boomers, especially first-wavers, may feel a bit like a car that sat unused for a year. If so, rather than speeding down the highway and going on long-distance drives, it makes sense to warm up our aging engines and take a leisurely short drive before we let it rip.
Unfortunately, Baby Boomers can expect lockdown side-effects. In fact, we do not yet know every consequence of spending a year being mostly inactive and isolated, with no schedules and no structure.
The remedy is to limit re-entry to one activity and/or one social engagement per day (or week, or whatever feels right for you). Steadily increase step-by-step. Keep going.
Let's resolve that we will overcome the effects of lockdowns and recover our prior strength, endurance, and other consequences.
STAY TUNED ...