Samantha-Jo Chandler: Bathroom bizarre of the self

"At least you have a friend," Nick replied when I told him my roommate has to "self-isolate' in one bedroom with me for 14 days (even though she hasn't taken the COVID-19 test herself, brave girl)…


I'm assuming it was one of those comments passed in an attempt to make a bad situation a tad better. (I've recently heard a lot of them.) 

'No, I haven't lost my marbles'


Today, I set up office in the bath of the en-suite bathroom to the bedroom my roommate and I are confined to for 14 days. No jokes. When that got uncomfortable, I sat my bum on a pillow, on top of the toilet.


No, I haven't lost my marbles… I don't think. I just needed to escape the "baby talk" going on out there (in our bedroom). You see, my roommate is a teacher. At this very moment she is giving Afrikaans lessons to little ones via Zoom, or something… The.third.class.today… I can hear her, and I can hear them. Sweet rolled-up cactus flies – it's driving me nuts!


I'm trying to finalise a progress report for a writing assignment I have due on Monday, and all I've come up with are the lyrics of Jack and Jill… Or was it Jack and the Beanstalk? Eerrrgggg, same thing. Writer's block has been taken to a whole new level.

Vent and be happy


This is by no means a vent at my roomie… It's just a vent! I am actually suuuuper grateful that she is the person I am stuck here with. She is a sweetheart. Exceptionally chilled, and especially kind. Again, it's just a vent.


Now that I've vented, do I feel better? Yes, as a matter of fact I do… But hang on, it's not all about me, is it? I'm now wondering what she feels like being stuck in a room with me? Hmmm…Food for thought. 


What behavioural tweaks can I make to make HER stay a little more comfortable for the remainder of this self-isolation? Surely kind becomes kinder becomes "kindestnessnessness", and all that stuff?

Getting out of 'self'


I believe I have a little secret weapon that will keep me sane during this lockdown period…


That same secret weapon that has kept me sober for four-and-a-half months now. The NA 12-step programme has a lot to do with getting out of "self" (poor meself-pity mode) by practising spiritual principles and thinking about others (how can I help someone else)?


It actually works.  


This really is all character-building stuff.


Sending positive vibes to the Universe!


Ciao for now,


Sammy


138 days clean and sober