It is very unfortunate that the world has been suffering from the dreadful Corona Virus outbreak since a few months. There is certainly a lot of negativity around us at this phase, however, I would like to shed some light on some of the positive aspects this quarantine period might bring on us.
Me and my husband binge-watched movies for the first two days of the quarantine. It was definitely fun while we were stuck to the TV but it got quite depressing once we switched it off at the end of the second day. So, we decided not to switch the TV on for the next two days and see what else we can do. We are extremely grateful to that decision by the end of the 4th day. Here are some of the positive aspects we discovered.
Developing a new hobby or getting back to an existing one
My husband finally dusted and tuned his guitar which has been lying in a corner for many months now and started playing melodiously. Me, on the other hand, picked up a new hobby of reading, which I always tried but never had the patience to sit for a long time. Now that there is ample of time in our hands, why not? Hence, this is a great time to take up a new hobby which you always wanted to, but haven’t or to bring back those forgotten talents.
In India, we are so dependant on the house help/maid for almost all the household chores, that we are now unable to bend forward and mop the floor on our own. I started to think, how flexible my maid is and how inefficient my body has become. Me and my husband divided the household chores and followed our duties religiously. We ended up spending a lot of quality time together in the kitchen, invented our own recipes and ate heartily.
Being a Minimalist
As we cannot go out shopping often now, we tend to adjust and live with the limited recourses that we have, which might also be a great way of living if we look at a bigger picture. We end up saving a lot of money and as a bonus, we tend to be innovative with the few resources that we have. For instance, we were out of jam and so, I simply watched some youtube videos and cooked delicious banana jam which was surprisingly very easy to make. We realised that we often buy unnecessarily expensive jams with harmful preservatives in it.
Knowing yourself better
If you and your spouse are the only people in the house, there are chances that you end up fighting upon something small after spending too much time together, which happened to us as well and so we did our own things for a few hours. With that, we understood how important it is to take out some time just for yourself and know yourself better, by doing something you and only you like to do.
Building stronger relationships
My sister stays with my parents, but they never really get to spend much time together. Everybody is busy with their own job and daily routine. Now that they are forced to stay in a place together for such a long time, they started spending time, knowing each other much better than earlier. It could be a small gesture like cooking something for another, watching a movie the other person likes or playing a board game, which could be some tiny steps to build a stronger relationship.
All I am saying is, Let’s all try and be as optimistic as possible, in this unavoidable situation. Hope we all overcome this scenario peacefully.