Three Important Things I Learned From Plans Interrupted

Wow, a lot has happened in a week hasn’t it?  A week ago I was looking forward to a trip to New York City with my daughter and my friend for our annual March Madness Trip.  Both the trip and March Madness are cancelled, much to my husband’s dismay.

Big Plans For A Big Year

At the beginning of the year, I laid out a plan for my 60th birthday year.  I borrowed an idea from a friend (who borrowed the idea from her sister) to either do or learn something new each month leading up to my birthday in December.

January was great.  I traveled to Norway to see the northern lights which was amazing.  My husband and I enjoyed our cruise to a very different part of the world with family.  Checked one more thing off our bucket list.

I had an idea for February but it didn’t come to fruition.  It took several days to recover from our international trip, my husband came home with a terrible cold and the rest of the month was peppered with medical tests and appointments.  I got some answers to an issue I’ve been dealing with for two and a half years and surgery is scheduled.  It will be my first true surgery.  I guess I could count that as something new for my 60th year.  Not exactly what I had envisioned.

Now March, March was going to be a great month. 

From March Madness to March Sadness

One of my best friends and I take a  trip every year during March Madness.  We always go on the weekend that has the most games because our husbands are both obsessed with college basketball.  We hate the squeaky noise of shoes on the court and buzzers blaring.  It’s the perfect time to get out of Dodge.

We started planning March Madness 2020 edition back in November.  She suggested a trip to NYC to see some shows, including Hamilton.  I told her that would be great but that my daughter and I had talked about doing the same and I would want to run it by her.  My friend’s most gracious response — let’s invite her to go with us!  When I proposed the trip to my girl, she was in!

We had such fun planning the trip.  We even FaceTimed a planning session.  My daughter is an excellent planner and so much fun to travel with.  We had plans to see Hamilton and Wicked.  We were going to museums and shops.  We even had a reservation for tea at The Plaza.  I was so looking forward to spending time with my friend and my daughter.  (She lives about ten hours away from me so any time I get to spend with her is precious).

Some time last week, with the news that the Coronavirus was spreading rapidly, we got an inkling that there may be some changes in our plans.  I was concerned about traveling to such a large city with so many people and the possibility of being exposed to the virus.  The three of us are in good health and not in the age bracket of concern (I have a few months until I’m 60 — ha!), but, I am scheduled to have surgery in a couple of weeks.  Also, I live close to my parents and see them a couple of times a week and they do have weakened immune systems.  I was concerned about passing something on to them. 

We shared a flurry of text messages in the last few days until the decision was made for us — Broadway was shutting down for at least a month.

Well, that’s that.  I guess I need to keep “Seeing Hamilton” on my bucket list.  We plan on rescheduling our trip, maybe to the fall.  In the meantime, we are practicing social isolation like the rest of the country.  Thankfully, I am able to do that from the gulf coast of Florida.

Lessons Learned

I’ve learned a few things from this experience.

  • Hold on to your plans loosely  (I already knew this, but this past week has just reinforced it)
  • I don’t like to make decisions.  I agonized over cancelling our trip to NYC but breathed a sigh of relief when the decision was made for me when Broadway cancelled the shows.
  • I am so thankful for my faith in God.  I am calm in the midst of the craziness going on in the world right now.  I have a strong sense that He is completely in control.

The one thing I am confused about is why people are buying up all the toilet paper.  Can someone enlighten me?


4 thoughts on “Three Important Things I Learned From Plans Interrupted

  1. I’m sorry your trip got canceled. I have been so confused over the toilet paper thing too and wondered if people were googling and reading up on intestinal corona when this is the respiratory form. But I think what it is, is people are thinking they may get quarantined for 2 weeks and not be able to leave their house so they’re stocking up. And then it just got out of hand and became panic buying! I really don’t understand it myself…. and now it’s happening with food too. Our grocery store was stripped bare when we went last night- no bread, no meat, no eggs, etc. It’s crazy! People really need to CALM DOWN!

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  2. I think the hoarding is a result of not knowing how long this could last..I’ve heard two months of quarantine is possible.

    I had a stern convo with my better half over his use of TP just yesterday- he uses way too much, always has..no idea why.

    Can you imagine having this conversation? 😂

    But here we are.

    My mom is isolating herself..THANK GOD! She put a card table and a chair by her front door so I can drop groceries off and people can comfortably talk to her through the screen.

    She’s 88, she cannot get this.

    It’s some crazy stuff…
    But here we are.

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