There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think to myself, “I’m living in the midst of a pandemic.” I mean, who could forget? Constant news updates are being spit out every day, some of my favorite restaurants have been shut down for almost two months, and it’s the topic of A LOT of new internet memes.
Although it’s easy to feel angry and frustrated with the way things are going right now, I’ve chosen to look at things from a more positive perspective. I’ve decided that this is the perfect time to learn some new skills and build on some old ones to keep myself from completely going insane.
One of the things that I decided to do was to get my boating license. I know, random right? My dad has had a boat for years and has been taking me out on fishing trips and boat rides ever since I was a little girl. I figured why not try and get my license so I can take the boat out whenever I want? So I dedicated a whole six hours one day to obtain my safety certificate online. Now all I have to do is wait until in-person testing is permitted again so I can finally drive the boat.
Another thing I decided to do with my new free time was to learn a new language. I’ve always been good at Spanish and have been telling myself for years I want to be fluent in it. Well, now is as good a time as ever to start studying. I was able to create an online account from my local public library and gain free access to all of Rosetta Stone’s languages. My goal is to at least be able to learn basic conversation by the end of the summer. So far, so good.
I’ve also taken this time to get better at drawing and graphic design. I’ve always loved art and being able to create pictures with just my hands. I never thought I was creative enough to make work that was good enough for my standards, so I decided that I’m going to make myself better. Not only am I starting to see improvements in my work, but it’s also a very calming activity for me whenever I need to relax.
I hope that during this quarantine you are also utilizing your free time to try some new things or brush up on some skills you already have. Read that book you’ve always wanted to, start that podcast you’ve been trying to launch, cook those recipes you have saved on Pinterest-- whatever it is, now is as good of a time as ever to do it. Trust me, you’ll feel just as good about yourself, and you might even discover something new that you never thought you would enjoy.
This blog post was written by Angela Largo, Director of Fundraising.