Updated: Apr 17, 2020
Sure, the title has some pretty alliteration and all but what lies beneath that literary feature is quite the crisis - literally. Unless you are Jared Leto who just in fact emerged from the dark ages of a 12-day self-isolated (funny that) meditation, I am sure you are by now well-adjusted to the term 'Coronavirus'. What a distorting feeling that would be, returning to a world that has rapidly been swept up by a global pandemic unlike any other. On the contrary, I have kept my eyes open the whole time, peered at my phone's screen without a blink; waiting for the newest update and still remain to feel woozy by the speed of it all.
Today marks the second day of being in lockdown in New Zealand and it is a rather bizarre time. Never did I think that I would live (hopefully all the way through) through a global pandemic. What an odd and totally alien concept, a f**king global pandemic! I am not really sure what to think of the matter. Up until now, I have had this invincible feeling against it; possibly of denial or ignorance maybe? I would constantly think to me: "No, that would never happen." "That's just the news and media." "THAT would never affect here - not me." I was alarmed to shortly believe that no, not solely me, but rather everyone would be affected in some way. But I never thought that it would reach this stage with such a surge of velocity. But now I am done with listing all things that I am sure each and every one of us has thought, said and felt a million times over already in this crisis. I wanted to shine light on the matter otherwise.
How about you turn an internal light onto another spot, think for a second like this: once this all boils over and COVID-19 bores itself of causing bedlam everywhere it happens to go, we will never have this opportunity again. I mean that, it is such an overwhelming once in a life opportunity that we will never have again. A four month period in which you are required to stay home and it is obligatory to do so. Have you ever been presented with that reality before? Possibly too optimistic of a perspective to have right now you may think but why not? We are stuck indoors, we may as well think of it in this sense. And I will proceed to tell you why.
How many times have you had to deny yourself of doing something because you have been busy with work, study or other obligations? A heap, surely - I can almost guarantee that those things have prohibited you so many times from such an immense range of activity. Now, none of those things stand in the way. Learn a new language - why wouldn't you? Fix that lightbulb - what have you got to loose? Read that book that has been nestled politely on your bedside table - you have ALL the time in the WORLD! This has to be somewhat exciting, right?
Here I feel the the need to disclaim something, as this declaration alludes to me being overly enthusiastic about COVID-19. Of course, I feel deeply for everyone right now. So many people are putting their lives on the front line and others have unwillingly done so by contracting the virus itself. People are staying at home in the hope of leading this pandemic astray. Essential service workers are aiding us all through this pandemic and put their own health at risk in doing so. Everyone is doing their part, a somewhat beautiful symphony of collaborative measure. However, this crisis pains me so much because all livelihoods are affected greatly. On a global measure, nothing has ever (in my lifetime) equated to this magnitude. I am not happy with this at all, just simply attempting to look at the matter through an alternate lens.
Back to the deluded mind splatter anyway; it IS an unmissable opportunity. So much of what life has to offer can be constrained to and accessed by the four walls of one's house. The internet exists for heaven's sake! Let this be a time to reset and evaluate. Time is one thing that strikes itself as always being limited, I can assure you that in the next wee while you are going to feel like that source is unlimited.
This time for me means that I set these goals: learn how to skateboard (of course within the realm of the block surrounding my flat), reading, getting on top of university work, improving my Spanish & German, starting learning Portuguese, doing Yoga everyday, running (again, within the realm of the block surrounding my flat), listening to a lot of music, bond more so with my flatmates and vlog the experience! I hope to achieve this and more. Tell me your goals! Whilst this time brings a lot of negative, positive has come and will continue to. Let's help each other through this.
I will create this 'Coronavirus Collection' to record any thoughts or further things of the like. Let me know what you would like to hear me write about. And tell me your quarantine stories, I am sure that they will be amusing as ever! Through these bizarre times we will grow. Stay at home, call your loved ones and for the sake of actually EVERYTHING: WASH YOUR HANDS! Kia kaha.
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