Lockdown Rediscovery: 3 Things I Find Joy In Doing Now

This is a challenging time, but it’s also an extraordinary time of critical, transformative moments that could not be foreseen.

There are always those moments where we look back and reflect on all the things that we wish that we could have done if we had the time to do them.

I’m not saying that I have regrets, but with the additional time that most of us have in self-isolation, I have to wonder how that extra time would have affected who I am today. What would have changed? Would I have become a different person with more time back then? Would you?

This is my response to the challenge suggested by Trista Ainsworth.

Here is the original article by Trista Ainsworth and the luminous answers of KeepingItRealWithAnnick, and Livia Dabs.

And here are three activities that I’ve rediscovered during lockdown and why it’s always important to slow down:

1. The desire to paint.

I’ve always had a secret urge to paint hiding in the recesses of my soul, but I always found an excuse to talk myself out of it. Sometimes it was because I lacked the time, or the instruction, or the supplies.

Now, with sun-drenched weather and a son who also loves to paint, I have no excuse not to at least try.

So I did, and as I was painting on the porch I found myself becoming lost in the melodious swish of the blue-tipped paintbrush, and the delicate whisper of wind passing my face. I didn’t create anything spectacular, but I did find peace, gentleness, and solace in the simple practice of being outside with no electronics, just concentrating on creating art.

My son and I have now spent many mornings painting out on the porch, under a canopy of fragrant pine trees, surrounded by the melodious sound of nestlings preparing to take their first flight out into the world. I make wooden inspirational signs, and my son—of course—makes bright red firetrucks out of crumbling cardboard boxes. It’s fun and sweet to relax in the sun with nowhere to go, and away from impending chores and work.

2. Creating majestic indoor forts with my son.

This has become a daily activity that only rotates rooms. I loved doing this as a child, so it’s quite special to share it with my son. We gather up sturdy chairs, heavy blankets, plush pillows, and a giant pink stuffed bear to take on our odyssey. After all, what’s a trip to Jupiter without a giant pink stuffed bear? At least it brightens up the tent.

Sometimes we take a trip to an undiscovered planet, or we hide from a dinosaur attack, or we pretend to eat s’mores—the last being my son’s favorite, and mine, too.

3. A love of reading.

Books have the uncanny power to transport us, whether across time and space or into the mind of another, and this has become especially important when it’s so hard to travel in person.

I am reading a mix of personal development, philosophy, fiction, and non-fiction, but I’m finding that the more that I am inside at home, the more that I seek to travel to other worlds, other places in time, and to experience other events through the eyes of my favorite authors. This has led me to pick up many long-forgotten books, old friends waiting to re-share their knowledge, hope, and promise.

“A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another”—Rebecca Solnit

Photo by Radu Florin on Unsplash

This isolation has surprised me in many ways, but none more powerful than the discovery of self, solitude, and a bit of silliness. Sometimes that’s exactly what we need.

So remember that this is a challenging time, but it’s also an extraordinary time of critical, transformative moments that could not be foreseen. To live fully requires the ability to observe both.

A freelance writer with a background in animal behavior, journalism, mysticism, philosophy, & psychology. https://aurorae.substack Writing website coming soon!

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