All day I’ve just had this itching desire to return to my blog and type up this post, so here I am now!
Now that the whole world is in official ‘social distancing’ and ‘self-isolation’ mode, I just thought that I’d share a bit of perspective and a couple of unique ideas on how to stay at home whilst living out your greatest dreams.
I know, I know, it’s so tempting to curl back into bed with your pajamas and watch Netflix until 2am, and then wake up the next morning and live life vicariously through the sims on your laptop.
Unfortunately though, there’s only so much you can watch until it feels like your brain is slowly melting into an unproductive pile of goo. However, the thought of being ‘productive’ still seems too much for your mind to take; with everything else that’s going on in the world, how can you even muster up the strength? Right?
Well, not exactly.
Now I don’t know about you, but ever since I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the idea of heroes, whether it’s a powerful superhero or a brave princess, the distinct qualities of self-lessness and bravery always stood out to me.
I wanted to be exactly like them, and I don’t just mean in the sense of the whole ‘surprising superpowers!’ boost but just the feeling of accomplishing something amazing, you know?
Nevertheless, it’s not really everyday that you come across a mysterious land in need of saving or magical powers from mystical sources. In fact, life is we used to know it was really quite mundane (or so we thought at least)
But now, all of that has changed. And it’s like a horrible nightmarish version of a fairytale (except without the unicorns and the magic) has morphed into our everyday routines and it feels utterly surreal.
So I suppose there’s two ways that we can look at the situation; we can either be the heroes or the weapons in the background placed for both aesthetic purposes and for playing an antagonistic role in the whole scenario.
I’ve decided that I want to be the hero, and guess what? All of you are heroes too.
Why? Because you are choosing to be an active part of defeating the monster, slaying the dragon, fighting against the enemy that is the virus, simply by staying home. By practicing social distancing, by doing your best to offer support to the frontline warriors who continue to conquer the battleground; the doctors, nurses and medical professionals.
As heroes, it’s easy to feel hopeless in situations like this, because this time, unlike all the other situations we’ve been trained to deal with, we aren’t allowed to go directly ‘head to head’ with the villain. In fact, we aren’t allowed to do very much at all, except stay indoors and wash our hands.
Every hero is driven by the desire to help, save and protect. And during times like this, we are doing just that. The only difference is that it’s just slightly more unconventional heroics, but mind you, it’s still helping to save the world and that’s what matters.
Now it’s time to step up to the great responsibility we’ve been entrusted with; the future of the planet. Everything we care about and love is at stake and it’s up to us to decide which roles we want to continue playing and how we can contribute in a way that’s less ‘dare-devil detrimental’ and more ‘ingenious indoors’
No hero is perfect, so whilst it’s easy to complain and get back into bed, we have duties to attend to, unusual as they may be. Hey, no one ever said that saving the world was easy.
I came up with a little list of things that we can do to carry out our heroic duties without causing any additional chaos to the innocent civilians.
Now I know this sounds like a bit of an odd way to ‘save the planet’ but here’s my thought process on this. Art is something that brings joy to people when they need it the most, it has the power to inspire, bring awe and delight. Therefore, since a touch of happiness is exactly what the world needs right now, you have no excuse!
Pick up your paintbrush, brush off the dust on that pottery wheel, write the novel you’ve been day-dream writing in your head. There’s no better time to contribute your genius.
Oh, and important noteworthy tip here: No capes and no second guessing! Whatever you end up making doesn’t have to be perfect or brilliant. Your first painting isn’t going to be the next Mona Lisa and that’s completely fine! You aren’t doing it to impress the art critics, you are doing it for all of those people that you love. To make their days just a little bit more colorful, to bring back the beauty that is life itself.
Oh oh and to add to that; get creative! And I mean that in every liberal sense possible!
Don’t limit yourself to just one medium, if your inner artist is calling out for a stop motion cacti war, just do it! (If you want more details, I’d be happy to elaborate haha)
Every good hero checks up regularly on her/his fellow heroes and comrades. This situation is no exception, so video call your blood kin and those around who keep your cape untangled (and by that I mean the people who keep you sane haha)
This crisis calls for a lot of things, but most of all love and community spirit, so shovel it all out online!
No hero is complete without the fancy gadgets or cool superpowers, or in our case our creativity and enthusiasm, (I know it’s not the same folks, but in this case we’ll just have to make do with what we’ve got!)
Anyway, by this I mean, make do with what you have at home to stir up some crazy solutions! Rise to the challenge and dare yourself to create the best cookie combination in the world (I’m already envisioning mine!) or make the best pizza you’ve ever made!
Or take a step further and go insane with the possibilities, you’d never know if pineapple cookies were any good unless you tried it, right? (Okay maybe that wasn’t the best suggestion haha but you get the point!)
Anyway, this will keeps your skills (and utensils!) sharp for when you truly need them, it’s like training practice, but for food (and your future, of course)
Just because we are stuck at home doesn’t mean we must abandon all hope. There’s still something we can do to keep our hearts full and that’s to help out!
Whether it’s donating a couple of spare veggies to your neighbor or through official charities such as the the WHO fund, the Global Giving fund or even ones that are closer to home, it’s bound to help make a difference, no matter how small or large it may be.
If you aren’t at home, then a massive hero salute to you, because you are carrying out the courageous tasks of being the phoenixes in this time of desperate hope. Thank you to all of you, whether you are immersed in the healthcare sector or the service sector, for all of your hard work and for continuing to sacrifice to keep the world alight.
So there’s the little list of ideas to practice some home-based heroics! I left the best one for last; your opinion! I’d love to know what you are getting up to whilst battling out this pandemic.
Let me know in the comments down below.
We all may not be able to partake in the battle but we still can do our part in winning the war, stay heroic, stay safe and most importantly; wash your hands!