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.