Half-way through 2020. No need to point out the extraordinary happenings of this year for people in general. How am I fairing? More than coasting and keeping up--I continue to grow.
As I have said before, the pandemic crisis coincided with my transition into official senior status. I am not 65 yet, but I have been psyching myself up, planning finances, shifting my lifestyle and identity, and creating a nest for the new life phase.
I have some, though not ample, savings. I am already getting a senior's rental benefit, which was adjusted in the first quarter. This month, I'll get one of my government pensions. It's small, but something, nevertheless. There will be the other one that I can claim by my 65th birthday. I still have the small investment property, which I'll cash in later.
Shifting to more self-employment and landing steady clients to tutor, I was already starting to work online at home by the time the lock-down measure was imposed. The tutoring hours increased. I got a separate, temporary rental subsidy in view of the loss of some part-time income, which was from the English fluency testing. The testing has resumed, though the number of tests and number of test days is still smaller than the numbers last winter.
I had been anticipating more time at home with the transition to more reliance on tutoring and the start of online tutoring when I was preventing from working outside the home. I have thus kept out a steady, though not big, monthly income. I have been creating a nice little pad that I enjoy occupying every day. The tedium of so much time on the computer is relieved by some bike rides and hikes, as well as a little gardening around our building and occasional volunteer trash pick-up around the 'hood. The living room physical exercises lagged for a few weeks, but I am back at it nowadays doing lots of squats, abdominal strength movements and arm exercises. I have started to go out for social reasons a little, visiting siblings, attending one small protest and getting a hair cut.
My contacts through activism have resulted in intermittent online meetings as well as a steady diet of educational webinars. There have been fabulous presentations by experts and notable figures on what is happening in various corners of the world. My learning has accelerated. A lot of the speakers and meetings have been discussing the impacts and significance of the pandemic, which has coincided with a global economic downturn and political and social crisis in the USA. We have been blessed with the words of revolutionary leaders including Venezuelan diplomats, (former) President of Bolivia and indigenous activists, prominant advocates of nuclear disarmament, people on the front lines of service provision and those on the front lines of liberation struggles. I have absorbed a lot of food for thought and translated it into numerous organization statements and alternative news articles.
-I led a webinar for the first time ever. and am starting to organize more.
-I taught a student who lives overseas for about 3 months.
-I I found hiking trails I hadn't explored before.
-I got back into water color painting. Just exercises in a book.
-New ventures into reviewing and teaching literature and literary analysis.
-I'm officially a pensioner!
-I'm letting the hair dye grow out!
In conclusion, I still manage to discover and enjoy life. I am growing. I am staying on track to accomplish my short, mid-range and long term goals.