In today’s post, I wanted to share a few of the benefits I have experienced from self-isolating. I do recognize that with the pandemic, this is a devastating time, and I am grateful that I have not been as impacted as some people by the health and economic consequences. If I could exchange these perceived benefits of mine to be rid of the pandemic, I would. But I also try to see the bright side of things, and I think I really needed some time to reflect.
Sometimes, time on your own is necessary to figure things out, and I think over the past few months, I’ve gotten a better perspective on many things, such as:
Learning More About Myself
As mentioned briefly in my previous post about Taylor Swift’s new album, I can be quite a “mirrorball” at times-I meld my personality to fit those around me. While it might make me more agreeable/likable, it leads to a lot of inner conflict about who I really am. Now that I’m stuck at home with my parents and generally spend my time with my pets, I have more freedom to do what I want..
I suppose I still live with my parents (they have many mindsets that oppose my own) so I can’t say that I feel 100% free, but it’s a step in the right direction. If I want to dye the tips of my hair red, I do it. If I want to stay in my room and read, that’s what I do.
Plus, while I miss being surrounded by people, it is very calming to me to be surrounding by nature/trees. My parents have a decent yard, so I have spent a lot of time outside in nature. My dog certainly likes to sniff around outside as well (as long as it’s not too hot!).
Putting in Hard Work
At the beginning of the pandemic, I told myself that when this thing ends, I want to come out of it with some of my goals completed. With the world in such a crazy state, I think it would be totally understandable to take a break from classes this summer or to ease off on job searching (I admit, I did this a little bit because job searching is frustrating), but I stuck with it.
Originally, I thought that I was going to be able to graduate this December, but luckily, my advisor and department head did not tell me I needed a Work-Based Learning course to do so. I say luckily because…I GOT AN INTERNSHIP! It is supposed to last two semesters, but I need to be enrolled in at least one course for both. Now, I can simply use the internship as my sole Work-Based Learning class in the spring, and then I can graduate Spring 2021! Since my co-op is likely to transition into a full-time role with benefits, I will also likely have a job after graduation! I’m pretty excited.
Finding New Hobbies (and Rediscovering Old Ones)
I decided to follow my own advice and pick up a few new (and old) hobbies. I tend to have phases-sometimes I read, sometimes I play guitar, sometimes I write, sometimes I play video games. I’m constantly switching back and forth between them all, and I’ve really enjoyed it.
I actually started writing more towards Medium than on my blog here. I felt like that might be a better outlet for longer pieces; plus, I can potentially get paid to do so without worrying about blog things like purchasing a domain name or receiving affiliates and what not. I mean, it might be a while before I make any considerable revenue from it, but I have made a couple of dollars! That’s better than nothing, and it’s a great way to motivate me to write.
If you want to read my most popular article (it’s about dogs!), you can find it here. The link I provided is a ‘friends link,’ so it will not count towards the amount of Medium articles you can read for free!
Reading the Books I Already Have
I have a decent amount of books that I purchased but have not read yet. Prior to the pandemic, I was in love with the library and checked out plenty of books. When that closed, I turned to the books I already own. Surprisingly, I haven’t really splurged on any books either (I only purchased one physical book with a gift card, and then two on-sale Kindle books). While I still have plenty of books to go, it’s nice to be able to get books out of my TBR shelf.
Listening to New Music
Literally all the artists I listen to have been releasing new music, and I’ve continued to discover more artists in the meantime. Halsey (who also announced her first poetry collection will be released in November and is supposedly releasing something related to her first album, Badlands, on August 28th), Taylor Swift, Alanis Morrisette, Fletcher, The Killers, Juice WRLD, blackbear, The Pretty Reckless, K Flay, Kelsea Ballerini, and Phoebe Bridgers (thank you Rachel for mentioning her, I’ve been loving her latest album so much that I haven’t even gotten around to her older ones yet) have all released albums/singles/collaborations the past few months. Honestly, I am probably forgetting a few because there are so many. I’m the type who likes to listen to one album on repeat for a long time, and I haven’t even been able to do that lately.
I know times are hard right now, but I hope you’ve experienced some bright moments the past few months as well (I’d love to hear about them in the comments)! And if not, I hope some will find you soon!