It’s been a long time since our last meeting, and I am writing this blog post during these difficult times.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has really changed life, even for those who previously used to work at home. With casualties rising globally, worrying press conferences, businesses shutting down, and the pandemic showing no end in sight, all we can do is stay home and hope everything goes back to normal as soon as possible.
These are indeed interesting times. For the first time in history, we can save humanity simply by staying at home, watching TV, and doing absolutely nothing. Well, as some would say, let’s not ruin it but if truth be told the new normal is anything but fun.
There’s no fun in self-isolation for social creatures who aren’t used to locking themselves in their homes. And then there’s social distancing. I mean it’s really hard to stay 6 feet from your close friends in the name of social distancing. That’s actually 94 feet closer than the legal restriction of a restraining order!
So how are you managing your self-isolation, quarantine, total lockdown, or whatever you call it wherever you are? Personally, I’m in self-isolation and still struggling to adjust to the new normal of masks, sanitizers, and not hugging or shaking hands. I’m doing my part of stopping the virus by staying at home and connecting with other human beings online.
So, What Have I Been Doing in Quarantine?
I’m still working remotely as a WordPress themes support agent. I even got one more job during these difficult times, which I feel truly lucky and thankful for given that many people out there have already lost their jobs. It’s not a big life-changing job but it has taught me to appreciate what providence brings your way in good or bad times.
I am very grateful to my clients who are trusting me during this difficult time to do the job for them. It’s my utmost pleasure and.
I’m also doing my best to get some sunshine and enjoy the great outdoors. I’m planting trees and learning a lot about tree planting. So far, I have planted Peperomia pellucida, Ocimum basilicum and Scallion. I’m hoping they’ll grow soon. Next in line is Capsicum chinense which I’m going to plant soon.
Books and Movies
I have been doing a lot of reading too. Self-isolation leaves you with plenty of reading time. So far, I have gone through a few books by the famous Viet Nam moontank, Thich Nhat Hanh Zenzou. These books teach me not only how to control my mind but to get along well with other people as well.
I’ve also been spending my evening hours watching 1990s and 2000s movies. I personally find 90s movies quite nostalgic and enjoyable too. Here’s are some of these: Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Life of Brian, Death Proof, A Serious Man, etc.
Quarantine and social distancing may seem restricting but it helped to bring families closer than before. In my case, we are all at home, all the time. My wife and kids stay are at home throughout the day and night, which gives me a great opportunity to play and spend quality time with the family. My wife has agreed to my plan of going for a family trip after this difficult time is over.
Otherwise, everything else in my life right now can only be described in one word: quiet. The streets are less crowded and quiet. I also miss the laughter and loud conversions of my friends at the coffee shop. Fortunately, we still meet online to chat and encourage each other. Well, that’s me.
I am very proud of my country Vietnam as there haven’t been any new cases of COVID-19 for 6 consecutive days now. At the moment I am working out in my home in order to stay healthy as all gyms are closed everywhere.
How about you? Let me know how you are managing quarantine in the comments below.