“What does this make possible?” is the question author James Clear recently posed in his weekly newsletter. This simple question helps reveal the positive side of any situation. Quarantine life shows us that community magic is still possible!
Finding and celebrating the positives during the pandemic has been crucial to managing the stay-at-home restrictions. As we continue with social distancing during this surreal period in history, Truckee River CoHousing members shared how the “new normal” has strengthened their most-treasured relationships.
For example, the Martin family has enjoyed a calmer approach to life.
“Normal life was often hurried, going from place to place, always in our thoughts about what needed to be done, completed, accomplished,” shared Mom Sonja Martin.
“Our whole world has slowed down and this new pace has given us the time and space to take in things we might’ve passed by earlier.”
The new normal has given the Martins time to enjoy “the beauty of the fog laying in the river valley, relaxed morning reading on the deck in the morning sun…just being a lot more present to the current moment than in our heads recounting an endless to-list.”
“Living in a society highly optimized with communications technologies and just-in-time inventories affords us all privileges unavailable to previous generations,” reflected future CoHousing neighbor Paul Osepa. “I appreciate these and never take them for granted, but also realize they consume a lot of my social life.”
Paul laments that in “life before Covid” our family members felt remote and we rarely saw our neighbors. “But suddenly, we are calling our family and seeing our neighbors again just like we did in the previous century!”
Daria Marinelli concurs. She has strengthened relationships with her family, “calling my Mom, Dad, and Grandmother daily(ish). They’re in NY – and it’s been great to connect, check-in, and feel not so far during this time.”
Lauren Lake has shared her time with a new friend in need. “I’ve formed a close relationship with one of my Mom’s friends. She is stuck sheltering in place away from all of her family,” reported Lauren.
“I go over a couple of times a week and we walk together (6’ apart) on the beach and talk. This new friendship is a real gift.”
I’ve personally enjoyed all the benefits of staying close to home and driving less: more time to spend with our kids, more bicycling and walking around the neighborhood, and a noticeable improvement in air quality.
With so little automobile traffic on local streets, pedestrians and cyclists have taken back the roads. We’ve enjoyed reconnecting with long-lost neighbors and meeting (from a distance!) other “regulars” out on the road.
“It proves that our community was always intact, but we could not merge people together at the same time,” Paul declared.
Indeed, Truckee River CoHousing is designing community magic into our very homes. We are still seeking individuals and families to join us as we finalize our building plans. Visit the Truckee River CoHousing website to learn more and book a virtual tour.
Truckee River CoHousing is a grassroots group of North Tahoe locals collaboratively building an ecologically-designed community at 10925 West River Street, in Truckee, California. The community features private homes, shared community space, and exceptional access to mountain and river open space. To learn more, visit https://www.truckeecohousing.com and RSVP for a virtual site tour or one of the group’s public events.