I find people deal with the pandemic in different ways. I'm a non-essential employee. Not to mention, I'm a homebody. I'm thankful for the ability to telework and access most resources, like food and amenities, without leaving my home. Since quarantine, not much has changed in my schedule.
However, I know for some people a lot has changed. Essential employees are on the front line, so we can stay home. Students must deal with grade debates and delayed graduations. Zoom meetings have taken over the country to the point where psychologist dubbed the term "Zoom fatigue". Now, there's "Quarantine Fatigue". People are tired of lockdown. They want to venture out and loosen up social distancing. I don't think that's the right thing to do, but I understand. That's why I suggested the following to deal with quarantine fatigue:
These are just a few ways I believe can help you get over quarantine fatigue. I hope you're staying healthy. Also, remember that we will get through this.
You're probably looking at this picture and wondering what do these three ladies have in common? Well, they're all goddesses that I find fairly interesting. During this time, I think we should embrace things that inspire us. Also, I think it’s neat when writing ideas seem to come to people in an instant. It’s as if a person can look at something and BOOM! a story is born. What I find even more interesting is when people get inspired by random things.
Most of you may not know this, but I like mythology. When I was little, I remember going to my local library to borrow Greek mythology books. One of the first stories I read was “Cupid & Psyche”. My second favorite story is of “Persephone & Hades”. I can’t say I have a third favorite, so I’ll have to work on that. In my seventh grade English class, I aced a test we had about Greek mythology. I’m not sure why we had a test about Greek mythology, but it was fun nonetheless.
Now that I’m older, some of my mythology knowledge has faded, but I still try to brush up on it. My boyfriend also likes mythology. He’ll play videogames, including God of War and SMITE. (If you really like mythology I highly recommend SMITE. The game is a smorgasbord of different lores.)
One day I was feeling so inspired that I decided to write to the creators of SMITE. I gave them lore samples. The creators at SMITE responded to me and told me to keep sending them lores and they might possibly use them. I’ve yet to send them more content, but I admit it was fun to write in a different genre from my usual. Mythology randomly gave me inspiration to write.
I encourage you to seek inspiration. The most random thing you see may give you a book idea. Let your thoughts flow, and you may be pleasantly surprised with how much writing you’ll get done.
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First off, I know what this post may look like. I can hear someone saying this in the background. Oh, here goes another rise and grind post. I promise you that’s not what this is…which also seems to be the line some people use when the situation is exactly what it is -_- I’ll just get right to it. While online, the following post from linktr.ee/itsadrianar stuck out to me. I have the post paraphrased below:
"If you don't come out of this quarantine with:
- new skills
- side hustles
- more knowledge
You didn't lack time. You lacked discipline. (Cross out those last two sentences). You are doing just fine. We are going through a collective traumatic experience. Not everyone has the privilege of turning a pandemic into something fun or productive.”
When I read the above, I couldn’t agree more. I think there’s this misconception that during this quarantine, we must be doing something. Also, I think some people automatically assume everyone has downtime. I would encourage those people to be more considerate, especially now. This pandemic is impacting us in unimaginable ways. That’s a lot to digest, which is why I think we should do what we can. I don’t believe in forcing anything and that applies to writing.
During this time, my brother coined the phrase #quarantinegoals. I laughed because it seemed weird to pair the quarantine with goals, but I liked it. My quarantine goals include self-care (i.e. hair and nails), debt management, and writing.
I believe now more than ever is the time to get writing. As you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking, Wait, didn’t you just say don’t force anything? Look, I know these are some weird, difficult times were undergoing, but I truly believe we will get through this. Honestly, I believe we’ll come out of it better than how we started. I’m claiming it! So, if you feel moved to write, then do so. If not, don’t feel pressured. The ideas will come. Just make sure you’re ready, so you can write them down to tell your story :-) In the meanwhile, stay safe and stay healthy.
Roxanne Ridge writes for the youth. Not to mention, writing is peaceful.