In last Sunday’s Open Thread, we asked you to share what positive lessons the lockdown has taught you. It could be triggered by something as simple as a pair of sneakers, or as complex and serious as a brush with the virus itself….and which get you through this challenging time.
Read the comments below and add your insight or discovery – share your wisdom!
Every morning I lace up my new sneakers and go for my morning walk/run. Every time I do, it reminds me of my newly acquired motto: Do it Now. The “now” isn’t about the exercise (although that’s true). It’s about the decision to stop waiting for a sale or till I felt like it to buy something I need and use every day.
Every time I lace up I thank my lucky stars that I didn’t wait for the perfect moment (or the last moment) to take care of something I needed to do. If I had waited just two more weeks, all the department stores would have been closed. I would have been stuck with my hole-y, run-down, shin-splint inducing old sneaks.
I just wish I had paid more attention to some other tasks. My wonderful stereo has been mute for months and months because the turntable doesn’t work (and probably needs a new band). Dealing with it has been on my to-do list for months and months. Now I have no idea when I can get it fixed, or even how, since so many stores – including the ones that might have been able to fix it – are closed and may never reopen. I wish I had done it, now.
This new motto – and the lesson I learned about it – has been instrumental in getting over my procrastination about filing important (but pesky) paperwork and personal administrative tasks, about dumb household chores I’ve been putting off for months and projects I’ve always meant to “get around to.” (Naturally the fact that I’m housebound has a lot to do with it, too!) But it also means I won’t put off contacting a friend, or checking in with people, or even stopping for some self-care like doing my nails.
How about you? What lesson has the quarantine taught you that has changed your life for the better? Let us know in the comments and we’ll update this column with your lessons on Friday.
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