Pam -- aka "Gigi in the 561" -- did a podcast today about languishing, and how that describes the current state of the world in 2022.
It made me stop and think. What exactly does "languish" mean? According to Webster, to languish is to become "dispirited" or "suffer neglect;" to "live in a state of depression or decreasing vitality;" to become "feeble, weak or enervated (lacking vigor)."
Two years into a worldwide pandemic, "languishing" seems to fit the situation to a "T."
Health impact aside -- and we all know that's taken a terrible toll -- just about everyone has felt the mental impact. Namely:
Of course, the pandemic's impact to the world's economies is immeasurable. As travel writers, we felt it right away when cruises were stopped in their tracks and flying for fun turned into a nightmare of unruly passengers duking it out at 30,000 feet. We have ventured out during the last two years, but our trips have been few and far between.
So here we are, languishing in 2022. Not depressed -- that's not our style. Dispirited? Sometimes. Downhearted? Desperate? All those emotions come and go from time to time. But still, above all, very grateful to be vertical and given another day to fight.
The one thing we do know for sure: Whatever the state of the world, this too shall pass.
Yes, I know it's spelled like "Jerry." No, I don't know why it's pronounced "Gary."