We all gotta get through this. I can’t say that any of this would work for you. All I know is that it works for me. Hard to retro-actively go back in time and prepare for this moment. Some of these measures have been years in the making, and I can’t take a lot of credit for it either. It’s just plain dumb luck that I happen to be totally ready for social isolation. Here is my personal quarantine handbook to fight boredom.
(Disclaimer…. I’m trying to have a laugh during a shitty time, but if you are reading this and are somehow on the front lines of this Corona Virus thing, and don’t have the good fortune of being able to safely distance yourself and wait this out, none of this is probably funny. That is not lost on me, and I hope you are all safe and well xo).
- Have a kid – This will take up all of your time. Obviously, not everyone can or would even want to do this, and even if me giving you the idea right now was the one thing that put you over the top, there’s not enough time to turn it around. If you have one or several already, than you know… keeping them busy or home schooled, or sane, or yourself sane, or fed, or exercised, or whatever takes up all of your time. Depending on their age I suppose.
- Have a house – I don’t have one of these…. I live in (near) the city, and the condo life IS FOR ME!!!! No more mowing the lawn. No roof repairs. No painting the fences etc. Oh how I love when there’s a snowstorm and I just stand by the window with my coffee and laugh and laugh and laugh and laugh. However….. Man, it sure would be nice to have a backyard right now. Or a basement or something. How many people have touched these elevator buttons??? I’m doomed!
- Don’t read books, but acquire them as if you do – Oh man…. I’ve never read so much in my entire life. Never been a fan before now. Never really wanted to spend time reading about other people’s adventures when I feel I should be out having my own, but….. I gotta say…… given the right book….. and the right environment….. and really no competing priorities….. Reading Doesn’t Suck as much as you might think it would. I have dozens of books I haven’t read yet. Don’t know if I’ll get through them, but assuming my new fascination with reading isn’t just some short term fling, maybe I will.
- Be a slob – I really feel for organized neat freaks right now. You’re self isolating, so what? You gonna organize your stuff? How long did that take you? Half a day? I have enough shit lying around, needing to be sorted out to last me well into next year. Between all the reading, home-schooling and cooking? I still feel like I don’t have time to do it. That said, it’s nice to have options. Especially if the reading thing doesn’t take.
- Acquire Toilet Paper – Just kidding. What an idiotic thing to prioritize. Although….. I guess running out of that would be shitty 😉 I’ve thought about this a lot, (I mean, I always thought it would be zombies) and you need to stalk up on canned Tuna. Canned Tuna lasts like 2 years. It’s ready to eat out of the can. I mean it could take some mayo and onions, but if you had to throw it in your back pack beside the baseball bat, and take a defensive position at high altitude. If it ever got to that point, would you really care about toilet paper? Possibly yes, so throw a roll or two of that into the backpack before you break camp for good. Fuckin zombies!
- Stash cool food items in random places – Every so often when life starts to seem a bit mundane, it’s pretty bonkers to be like “Oh shit! I found those Honey Ginger & Lime Crunchy Roasted Soybean Snacks that you bought at the ‘One of a Kind Show’!!!” Joy!
- Better make sure that music collection is on point – I mean you don’t have to have 27,566 songs on your Itunes (I’m bragging because I think I’m awesome… sorry Mom), but if you did, you could go 76.5 days without hearing the same song twice. Or you could just listen to the same 150 songs that you like over and over and over again if that comforts you, but I would quietly judge you from afar (but that should be the least of your worries right now. Do you.)
- Do something creative – I’m re-vitalizing an abandoned blog. My son is crushing abandoned lego sets (by crushing I mean building efficiently). My wife busted out this colouring book for adults. It all feels like work while you’re doing it, but it feels nice after. Especially if you did sweet shit all the rest of the day. It’s like working for free, but somehow feels more fulfilling.
- Board Games – OK we haven’t done a ton of this yet, but….. They lie there in waiting. I have a dream. One that none of my family share, but I think I’ve always wanted to do this, but never have. I want to play Monopoloy to the death (not really, I just liked how it sounded.) What I mean is, I actually want to finish the game. Not a timer, not ‘oh I ran out of money’….. I mean mortgage all properties and then declare bankruptcy in order to be eliminated. Has anyone ever played Monopoly long enough to actually finish it? Like really finish it? It would be super time consuming, but time I’ve got. I say this to my wife and son every couple of days, in a voice that says ‘I’m enthusiastic about this and I hope you are too.’ I’ve been getting some faraway glances, and typically the verbal responses have been a changing of subject. For now I wait.
- Get some fresh air – I know we are not supposed to be within 6 feet of each other, so find a place to go for a walk. We’ve been doing this successfully, and if I see a person coming, I’m like Keanu Reeves, dodging bullets in the Matrix. People in my area have been great at crossing the road when they see someone else coming, or distancing themselves appropriately. Living in the city sucks for this. I’m lucky to not be right downtown. Try to get some exercise though. All this home cooking has to go somewhere. I shit you not when I say I’ve been doing yoga. Picture that, anyone that knows me! When you see me next I will be flexible and nimble as a gymnast. Very centered and reflective as well.