When the world first went into lockdown, I remember feeling scared and then immediately feeling inconvenienced. The covid19 chaos couldn’t have come at a worse time. The coronavirus canceled summer school, which is a huge opportunity to make extra money for both Thai and foreign teachers. My holidays to Taiwan, the Philippines, and central Thailand were all canceled, and so was my mom’s trip to visit me.
Initially, I was feeling down because, for the first time in my life, I wasn’t sure when I would see my mom again. I still don’t really know when I’ll see her again, but our daily three-hour FaceTimes seem to be getting me through. I was able to move past my overwhelming sadness by realizing that although it seemed like the world was falling apart, I am privileged and lucky to be in the position I am in. At no point did my job stop paying me, at no point was I stranded somewhere without people to support me, and at no point was I worried about where my next meal would come from.
Once I recognized how lucky and safe I was, I started filling my days with things that would make me happy and pass the time.
- Since quarantine started, I’ve read five books. Three being brand new books, one being a re-read, and one being the beginning of fulfilling a teenage reading dream. My new year’s resolution was to commit to reading one book a month, and between now and January, I’ve already read 11 out of the 12 books I hoped to. To say I’m proud of myself would be an understatement.
- Keeping in touch
- I’ve been talking to family, friends, and loved ones more than ever. My friends from university and I gather for a weekly group chat. I talk to my mom extremely often, and I’ve been FaceTiming with my aunt’s more frequently. I’ve FaceTimed with my friends from high school for the first time in forever, and I’ve even had some Zoom chats with family I hadn’t seen since I moved to Thailand.
- Most people who know me know that I kind of pride myself on not cooking. I never got joy from cooking, and I usually preferred to go to a restaurant. These days, I love being in the kitchen. I made fried chicken and made boxed brownies for the first time ever. I also learned how to make my own honey mustard – that was my real game-changer.
- Working out
- I now work out five out of seven days of the week. I’m privileged to have a gym in my home in Thailand, so I’m able to run on the treadmill, lift weights, and do ab workouts as often or as little as I would like.
- Watering plants
- While in quarantine, I was assigned the daily task of watering some of the plants around the house. I never thought I would be a plant-mother because I’ve always known how fragile plants are, and I’ve never had the desire, or kindness in my heart, to give them words of affirmation, let alone remember to water them daily. Throughout this quarantine, I’ve come to enjoy the tranquil moments of watering my plants and the thrill of watching them grow.
What about you? Have you acquired any new habits or added new activities to your routine to make it through these mundane days? Let me know in the comments!