It was a regular Thursday afternoon when the news broke out. It was also the day of my birthday. Plans were set for March break, cheerful spring days with friends and family in the sun as it starts to creep in after living in the snowy conditions for far too long. Finally, being able to go outside.
It was a regular Thursday afternoon when all the students found out that there would be no school for quite a while. As much as it might’ve been some exciting news, it wasn’t. What would be left of the March break plans? What about the students who are graduating? Everything that once seemed so sure…didn’t seem so sure anymore. How does one go from thinking that they have absolutely everything to absolutely nothing in a day? All of a sudden, everything you know becomes blindsided by the news. Your purpose starts to shift a little. Everything that was once a priority to you is no longer really thought of anymore.
It has taken me around two weeks to wrap my head around the fact that there truly is a virus around us, a contagious virus. The numbers and stats no longer seemed like a joke anymore, it was a wake-up call for me. What was I even doing? I lived my life the way I usually would, dangerously and miraculously coming home every day feeling okay. However, while I thought everything I was doing was acceptable, my loved ones prayed for me and for my safety. It was selfish. What does one do at home every day with nothing to do anyway? I wasn’t quite sure because all I’ve been taught is the lifestyle that has shaped me into what I am: go to work, get good grades in school, study, maybe go out with some friends every now and then. But what do you do when you no longer have power over it?
The easiest thing to do would be to cozy in, binge-watch some Netflix series while you still can. But what difference would that be from the life you previously had to the one you are creating for yourself right now? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Netflix. In fact, I was binge-watching The Office during the first week! However, I quickly realized that instead of spending my time watching something, I could take advantage of this time to do something that I’ve been holding off on because “it isn’t the right time.” There’s nothing that we can do to make up for the time we are losing. This is why instead of making this situation into a tragedy, take it as an encouragement, a “creative prison” for you to start creating, as Andrew Schulz recently said.
So… what am I doing right now?
As hard as it’s been to keep myself motivated at home, the more actions I take towards the things I’ve been wanting to do, the easier it’s been to keep my creative juices running. It has taken me a while to have that sense of realization, and I’m not going to lie, I’m just getting started. But it also brings me closer to the idea of this being a time of creativity, like water flowing out of you, the creative ideas gushing out of you, making its way through to take action.
The best advice that I can give to you at a time like this before I leave would be this: take it slow, one step at a time, and most importantly… fully embrace it.
“If you cannot change a situation, change the way you react to it.”