Four months into 2020 and we already have enough stories to tell our future grandchildren that I’m sure they will find very hard to believe. The COVID-19 pandemic has made a huge impact on every part of the globe, doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers are at the forefront of this pandemic and I think we can all agree we appreciate their efforts, bravery and we commend them more than ever. The pandemic has taken so much and given us so little but I’m a firm believer in making lemonade when life gives you lemons so I decided to create a list of four things to do while in quarantine, self-isolation or practicing social distancing. Side note: I have personal done all four of the things listed below thus the reason I have recommended them because they have worked well for me.
- TAKE A BREAK FROM SOCIAL MEDIA! Yes, we appreciate Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey and the other technology wizards for giving us these apps, but we already know what’s going on in the world, social media keeps us both informed and entertained but sometimes you need a break. Take a day literally 24 hours, just breathe, watch a movie, read a book or do something that does not involve social media. If you are in the lucky portion that has a backyard or front yard spread a blanket out, plug in your headphones, listen to that playlist and watch the clouds; use your imagination. The world has stopped, it is literally on pause for some of us and I don’t think social media is the only source of entertainment right now.
2. MAKE USE OF YOUR CREATIVE TALENT. I love writing it’s my creative gift so since isolation/quarantine I have been writing poetry, coming up with material for my blog and anything that flexes my writing muscles. When the world was on play, I was always too tired from working part-time and going to college to write anything but now that I have all this free time, I am using it to my advantage, you should too! If you love to write and play music then do that, if you love baking then whip out your recipe book, google some recipes or watch Tasty on YouTube for ideas. This is your chance to indulge in your creative power/force with no interruption, make the best of it.
3. LEARN SOMETHING NEW. I have been taking Spanish since grade 7 and I can barely converse with a native Spanish speaker, but I am not completely bad because I know a few things, so I am using the free time to relearn this beautiful and amazing language. How is it going? Well, it could be better, but my point still stands, take time to learn or relearn something new/old.
4. CONNECT. This type of connection can be personal, family or friend related, religious or anything you deem worth it. If something or someone has been missing from your life, then reconnect or connect yourself with it or them. If you lost faith and I want to reconnect with God this is your chance, have a family member you want to reach out to? Reach out today! If the girl or guy, you like is out there well inside since we can’t go outside then SHOOT YOUR SHOT let them know how you are feeling; the odds might just be in your favour. If your connection is personal meaning you lost yourself then you are in the best position, time and place to rediscover who you are and make yourself better.
Make the best of this current situation because there is a lot of uncertainty about what’s next after this pandemic has passed. Every day I find myself saying this Drake line from his mixtape “WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE” because it is a great time to be alive, we are experiencing an event that will go down in the history books, our experiences will be told to our children, grandchildren and they will pass it unto their children. Even if you don’t have kids, jot down your experience regardless someone will keep it and pass it on. I’m going to do a separate blog post for series and music recommendations because there are quite a few this week; I’ll post it on Wednesday hopefully.