I have made a list of things that I should learn while in quarantine as an attempt to stay productive. Needless to say, I haven’t accomplished any of those things like most people are. I’ll have to admit that I’ve been beating myself up about it. I mean, I’ve been trying to learn Photoshop and learn a new language ever since I remember but still, no progress.
Then it got me thinking, Why am I even making myself do things that I don’t want to do? Don’t get me wrong, learning these skills would be awesome and helpful but I just don’t see the point in forcing myself in doing something when my mind is fogged by countless thoughts considering the world is literally in chaos.
There’s something about this whole pandemic situation where we’re all literally at death’s doorstep yet we’re all scrambling to do things we don’t really want or need to do for the sake of being “productive”.
Productivity, in this sense, has become an incidental expectation for us to accomplish a certain task or attain some sort of self progress given our current living situation.
Don’t get me wrong, being productive is nice and all, and I do encourage you to do things to keep our minds busy and active but then again, this I-should-be-productive mindset can go wrong if we start to pressure ourselves into accomplishing something.
I hope you don’t misconstrue this as a “what is the point, we’re all going to die anyway” kind of thing. What i’m trying to say is, instead of making yourself do things that you know you’ll do half-heartedly just so you can claim to have done something while in quarantine, I suggest you to do activities that you enjoy and really care about!
If you want to play the guitar, chat with your friends for hours, or whatever that is, even if it is unrelated to your school/work or not, feel free to do it! I get that we all want to attain progress while we seemingly have all the time in the world but this quarantine period is not a competition on who gets the most shit done. We are in the middle of a pandemic for crying out loud!
We are allowed to take a moment and process our worries, anxieties, and whatever mixed emotion we’re all bottling up. After all, not everyone is privileged enough to be “productive”.
So take it easy, there are still bigger things to worry about than not being able to learn a new language. Rather than feeling left behind (which you are not, by the way), try and channel your emotions towards being compassionate to your neighbors instead.
Sure, accomplishing a checklist can be beneficial but honestly, it wouldn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. There’s just something about the thought of death that gives you a perspective of what life should really be about. It makes you focus on what really matters.
At the end of the day- or our lives for that matter – family, friends and having lived a life in pursuit of passion is the only thing that we will care about.
In this time of pandemic, while we are all locked away in our homes and lucky enough to be with our family, I hope you take this time to be with each other and check in on your loved ones.
Take this time to do things you love that you haven’t done in a long time. Bake a cake, read a book or fly a kite and reflect on the damn process! Whatever that is, I hope it will feed your mind, body, and soul in this tough time because we all need it.
Hi, Reader! I hope I was able to express my thoughts well in this article. What have you been doing these past few weeks? I’ve been pondering on topics to tackle for my next entry recently and reading a LOT of books. I’m quite happy to be able to found this new found passion of mine and it’s been a long time since I’ve become so engrossed in a book. I hope you’re safe & well.