Man was born for society. However little he may be attached to the world, he never can wholly forget it, or bear to be wholly forgotten by it. Disgusted at the guilt or absurdity of Mankind, the misanthrope flies from it. He resolves to become a hermit and buries himself in the cavern of some gloomy rock. While hate inflames his bosom, possibly he may feel contented with his situation. but when his passions begin to cool, when time has mellowed his sorrows and healed those wounds which he bore with him to his solitude, think you that content becomes his companion? No! No longer sustained by the violence of his passions, he feels all the monotony of his way of living, and his heart becomes the prey of ennui & weariness. He looks round and finds himself alone in the universe. The love of society revives in his bosom and he pants to return to that world which he has abandoned. Nature loses all her charms in his eyes…no one is near him to point out her beauties or share in his admiration of her excellence & variety. Propped upon the fragment of some rock, he gazes upon the tumbling waterfall with a vacant eye. He views without emotion the glory of the setting sun. Slowly he returns to his cell at evening, for no one there is anxious for his arrival. He has no comfort in his solitary, unsavory meal. He throws himself upon his couch of moss, despondent & dissatisfied, and wakes only to pass a day as joyless, as monotonous as the former. – Matthew Gregory Lewis
If you missed out on Part 1 please go and check it out. We’ll leave the light on for you.
Baked in the Kitchen – Well, I’m a bachelor. I can cook, but most of the time it’s just easier to eat a sandwich or throw something in the microwave. Occasionally I get in the mood to bake. For example, a couple of years ago I made a whole bunch of cookies & candy for my family as Christmas gifts. Alas, that urge doesn’t hit all that often, and it hasn’t occurred during this quarantine.
Watched Tiger King – I alluded to this in Part 1 because I wasn’t thinking ahead, but no…I haven’t watched it…yet. I may get around to it or I might not. We’ll see.
Spent Day in Pajamas – I don’t own pajamas per se, but I oftentimes lounge around the apartment in sweatpants or shorts and an old t-shirt I wouldn’t wear in public. I’ve done that a lot the past few weeks, but it’s really nothing new.
Googled About a Cough – No. I feel okay and haven’t been stressing out too much about the whole virus situation.
Slept in Late – My sleep habits have always been weird. I am naturally a night owl, although with my work schedule the past year I have been going to bed earlier. Since I am currently not working all bets are off. I’m up til 4 or 5am. The strange thing is that I’ll still be up by 8 or 9 in the morning, but then I’ll want to take an afternoon nap. When I return to work I’ll need to readjust my internal timeclock.
Did Zoom or Facetime – I’d never heard of Zoom until all of this started, and now I wish I would have bought some stock in it. I do have Facetime & video chat on Messenger, but no one ever hits me up. As a matter of fact, the most disappointing thing has been the lack of interaction I’ve had with people despite all the available technology. The only people I ever talk to are my father (who I love but he drives me nuts) and a well-intentioned neighbor who simply isn’t equipped to hold up their end of the type of insightful, intelligent, meaningful conversation that would gratify my soul. Someday this will probably be the saddest memory I have of the whole situation.
Did Your Nails – I’m a guy, so…I just cut them when needed.
Watched a Disney Movie – Not yet, but that’ll probably happen soon.
Worked Out – Lord knows I need to. I don’t get enough exercise as it is, and nowadays I’m moving around even less than usual. It’s a recipe for disaster.
Cleaned Your Whole House – My apartment is kept fairly neat most of the time, and I haven’t gone overboard just because I am home more.
Cried – No, not really. I’ve been sad a few times, and there is a situation that’s got me tied up in knots just a bit, although it isn’t virus related. I’m not ashamed to cry, but the quarantine hasn’t brought me to that yet.
Found Out You’re Essential – Unfortunately not. I alluded to my job in Part 1, but there are reasons why I’m not working right now. I’d go back tomorrow if called, but I don’t believe that’s going to happen anytime soon.