Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have now been home from work for over a month. While quarantine is difficult, there have been a few positive outcomes.
I’m drawing and writing every day, which in a way, feels like fulfilling a dream. I consider being an artist and writer as an important part of my identity, so getting more time to shape my career has been amazing.
I have been making how-to videos for simple art projects you can do at home, which are hopefully reaching the participants at the arts center I work for. My boss asked me to do this to help alleviate the stress and boredom our participants are probably feeling. I dreaded the assignment at first but decided to just dive right in. Now I absolutely love making the videos and I’m considering continuing the videos even after the stay-at-home order is lifted.
I have been posting to my blog at Freethought Blogs every day, and I feel I’m really showing improvement as a blogger. Some of my posts have struck a chord with people and I am getting more comments.
I have been writing more poetry which also feels great. The more I write the more ideas come to mind. It’s like priming a well.
Spending more time with my young daughter is also amazing even though it’s also exhausting. In our normal routine, I would pick her up from daycare after I get off work, so I’m already tired when I see her. Now I’m with her all day playing with dinosaurs and PJ Masks toys and drawing and painting. I feel closer to her.
On the flip side, the hardest parts of this quarantine are not seeing my dad and not going to the library. My daughter and I usually see my dad at least once a week. I know it’s been hard on him, too. Also, I normally spend a lot of time at the library. I usually go there 2-3 times a week often to write on my own but I also attend writer’s groups to connect and get feedback from others.
I’m not sure what I’ll do first when the stay-at-home order is lifted, but I know things will probably never be the same. Maybe in a way that’s a good thing.
I hope you are all well. Stay safe.