Writerly Things 3/30/2020: Keeping it Steady
In these times of uncertainty, it’s good to keep things steady. You may be stuck at home, whether you’re working from home or unemployed, taking care of the kids, or at home from college. Whatever the situation, try to make the best of it.
Try a Hobby.
Is there something you always wanted to do? Writing a book, perhaps? Take a Master Class, attend an online conference, join a writer’s group, the list is endless. Writing is done best by practicing. That means butt in the chair, fingers on the keyboard. Unless you write longhand. Do it fifteen minutes each day or longer, if you can. I say fifteen minutes because it’s easier to build up to doing longer if you can maintain a rhythm each time.
What about genealogy? Now, is the perfect time to dig into the family’s history. Be prepared for what you find though. You might find some of your ancestors did less than desirable things. Some could’ve been outlaws. Plantation owners with slaves. And so on. Then again, you might discover some gems to off-set those. A teacher who dedicated her life to helping her students at school and at home. An uncle who was a war hero. Again, the list can go on and on.
Spend Time with Your Family.
Now’s the perfect time to re-connect with loved ones. Ask them about their dreams, what they hope to learn in the future, what their immediate concerns are about life. Just listen mostly. It’s good to let others talk and get things off their minds. We all need a little time to socialize with our friends and other family members perhaps too far away.
Of course, we can keep in contact online as well as the phone but it’s good for face-to-face time with loved ones. Remind each other that you care. Discuss future plans. Plan outings once the coronavirus threat has diminished and things get back to the normal. Although, there may not be a “normal” to go back to. This virus may change all of our lives. Many more might work from home in the future. Home delivery of groceries and fast food may continue. Vacations may be on the backburner for a while.
Pets Just Want to be With You.
I’ve heard that a lot of people chose to foster a pet at this time. I wonder how many will claim that animal as their own when it’s over? It’d be nice to see some good animals get a forever home. Pets can help our health. They say petting animals calms our heart rate, brings our blood pressure down. They are cute and loving for a reason. Who can ignore that sweet face? They just want to be near you, to get some of your time.
Don’t forget to take care of them as well at this time. They can fall ill, get injured, etc. Make sure you play with them. Even if it’s just tossing a frisbee in the backyard to your dog. Little moments mean a lot to them. After all, their lives are shorter than ours and don’t they deserve affection more often than we sometimes have time to give them in our busy lives? Hugs them, let them discover a new cardboard box waiting for them. They’ll get such joy from it.
Taking Time for Yourself.
Don’t forget in all of it, to take some time for yourself. Sneak a bubble bath. Curl up with a book. Bring out those oil paints. There’s never a time like the present to enjoy yourself. We shouldn’t dwell on the things happening in the world every moment. Stay alert, of course. But don’t let dread take over your life. We’ll get through this. The best thing we can do is pull closer together (this applies to family, remember social distancing), and help each other through the times ahead. Take care of each other, God bless!