I've started swimming for an hour most days. Due to coronavirus you have to book a set hour and as it's only a small pool in a hotel only 10 people are allowed in at a time, and only 5 in the changing room. For some of the people — mainly the women — it's a social time for chatting while swimming gently up and down. I've worked out that 15 lengths is about 100 breast strokes, so I do 15 and then walk the length of the pool. Im trying to improve my muscle tone — and trying to ease the trapped nerve in my neck.
Yesterday, either when I was swimming or getting changed afterwards, I can't remember which, it came to me that a good side to this virus and the new normal is that we notice others. It used to be that we walked round without really seeing those around us, okay we were conscious enough to not bump into people, but now, with masks and social distancing we have to project our consciousness outwards. I wish face masks were transparent then I could smile at people, but I do what I can. I would like to be living more 'with' people. We're very isolated here and I like people — just not crowds of them.