Welcome to the strange new normal 🙂
I am quite happy to share that I have been part of Ila’s #PandemicDiaries2020 series and reading about the experiences of others in the lockdown, a.k.a. #pandemiclockdown2020 have been reassuring, entertaining and good reading material.
Good reading material, you ask?
Well Yes! I LOVE reading other people’s perspectives, their struggles and actions they take (or don’t take) and their (unique) point of view.
Some similar to mine, some so vastly different that they open up a window to a different view (also, given I am at home & going nowhere, just like you (coz we are both smart like that 🙂 ) then any figurative and literal bout of fresh air and ideas is WELCOME!
On a side note: Actions you don’t take – I believe this is JUST AS POWERFUL as taking action.
You know that famous saying : Inaction is an action!
Here’s a quick Diary Entry on my Lockdown Journey so far! Things I have done, and things I cannot quite wrap my mind around!
I Hope you enjoy this quirky look into my diary 🙂
Here are some of the things I am unable to understand…. HOW do people suddenly have SOO much time! and WHY are they complaining about it???
I mean, Congratulations, YOU HAVE TIME! What a rare opportunity in life – embrace it! Do something with it, or don’t – but why vent about it incessantly on social media, phone calls, blog posts… you get the drift!
Second, for those who have found TIME and decided to go into UBER-Productivity mode – Congratulations to you too! However, there is something known as oversharing ( and no, I am not going to share what that means)!
The challenge in both the above scenarios is that they LACK BALANCE.
In life, the one lesson that always re-establishes itself, is that one MUST have BALANCE.
Life has beauty, or if that’s too flowery an idea, Life has workability (works) when we have Balance.
On to my Personal Journey:
While I continue to work 9 odd hours every night (major #gratitude for this), and manage house and pets and my usual pitter-patter, I have managed to carve out some time for activities (popular ones no doubt, but something I hadn’t really added to my ‘normal’ life and routine) which I feel have added to the quality of my life and propelled a stronger mind frame during the lock down.
- Journaling – Or, how i prefer to refer to it, DEAR DIARY.
We all know, like really KNOW the benefits, but it is only during this lock down that I have really made it a part of my routine, a quick 5 mins to however long I need to, I JUST WRITE – no censorship, no doubting, just purely pouring my expressions on paper.
Yes, PAPER – I am a firm believer in the power of WRITING something out – try out, and you too will experience the therapeutic affects of writing a journal, versus, pretty much any other format.
Also, it has given me the time to start seeing inside myself, liking some parts and changing others – a good place to be in, I say!
2. Ink Pens – During the lock down, since I am working from home (I make to-do lists in my #BUJO), and journaling as part of my every day, I have indulged in my joy of writing with ink pens. I have collected a few, and bought the limited colors available of inks in the market now a days (you know that material, stock, ‘samaan’ is not really coming from the source).
3. Coloring Books, or what are called, Adult Coloring Books
In July, I have set myself a goal to learn to be Patient!
check out my post on Instagram to read more: https://www.instagram.com/p/CCGtvj6FLxN/ or follow me on instagram.com/ishietac
My method? Coloring atleast 5 minuters every day and sharing it (#Colormehappy) to keep myself accountable.
4. Embroidery – I have gone back to my student life, and picked up those embroidary kits again and like to spend some time working with thread and cloth – and to be honest, it just transports me into a different mind space – a space which is quite lovely to be in 🙂
How about you? Did you try something new? I am ALWAYS looking for new ideas or different perspectives on old ideas or even the same ideas as me – but your take on it – leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of my lock down diary 🙂
The Blog train THE PANDEMIC THAT CHANGED OUR LIFE UPSIDE DOWN initiated by blogger Ila Varma to bring the bloggers together to share numerous experiences of #pandemiclockdown2020.