What a Global Pandemic (And a Home Quarantine) Taught Me

“I’m always trying new things and learning new things. If there isn’t anything more to learn, go off and die.” Quoted from the famous Morgan Freeman, it somehow feels like a timely challenge for all of us stuck in quarantine during this pandemic period.

Most of us, if not all,  have never experienced such an aggravating crisis like this in our lifetime. And now, we are left to our own devices on how to make the most of our quarantined time and our somehow subdued energy.

Initially, I thought I will never survive being in quarantine. I’m an outdoor person and I usually complain when I am confined at home over the weekend for reasons I cannot control, e.g rain. It feels like my body is aching if I’m home-bound for more than 3 days max. So imagine my dread when this pandemic spread and we were all advised to be in home quarantine. That was two months ago.

Yes, I survived two months and counting of being in home quarantine. And surprisingly, I am actually enjoying these past two months since I am learning new things and picking up new skills.

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One of them is cooking. Because of the nature of my work, time does not allow me much to practice this demanding skill. My husband and I usually rely on take outs and eat outs for our everyday meals. If I’m up for it, I cook on weekends, otherwise there’s always food delivery. But due to constraints on food deliveries during this quarantine, I was kinda forced to prepare for our everyday meals with a lot of help from Google and YouTube. Much to my own bewilderment, I find myself enjoying it.  Plus, it’s cheaper and it’s way healthier than our usual lifestyle.

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Related to cooking is gardening. But no, this is not one of those skills I learned, but more of my husband’s. In this logistically challenging time, growing your own food has become a trend. We do not have green thumbs, but we still tried our luck in this field. Even if it’s not a hundred percent guaranteed growth, we are now seeing a couple of hopeful buds in our garden and very much looking forward to its fruition soon.

IMG_20200405_214433Now, not only did we picked up new skills but we were also able to bear witness to a lot of delightful and interesting things that we can only see and manifest during this quarantine period. We’ve watched our three new kittens grow, which are almost as old as the quarantine period, allowing us to be better fur-parents. Moreover, we also felt more connected to our families despite being in different locations because of the weekly video calls we have set-up. We do not usually see each other pre-COVID but somehow the situation brought us closer to each other. Chats and video calls now convey more meaning than it usually do.

And then there’s Tiktok invasion. Who would have thought that I, a proud 90’s kid, would have given in to the enticing seduction of the millennial Tiktok. What’s astonishing is that I actually find myself enjoying this app and that probably surprised a lot of people I know, too. Tiktok allowed me to reveal a different side of me that other people know nothing about. It helped me reconnect with my high school batch mates and deepen my relationship with my family because of its fun challenges. I also gained access on latest dish trends and workout routines on the sidelines. My fascination on this app will not probably last long especially if I become too busy again but I’ll enjoy it while I still can.

Lastly, I’m taking a shot on an entirely different venture – An online business which ages ago I would have not imagined to put my hands into. This one is a leap of faith, if you wanna call it that. It feels scary because it is a new playing field for me. One that I may be considered a novice, which kinda make me nervous but excited at the same time. I will create another blog about how this goes, so stay tuned.

Lifestyle coach Barbara Sher said, “You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.”  But neither she nor I can tell you the best time for you to learn new things. I believe that each of us run on different timelines. The timing to learn new things for me and enter on new ventures may be during this quarantine period, but it may not be the same case for you. But nonetheless, life is all about taking chances and learning new things. So be a sponge and absorb everything life has to offer you. Good or bad, it will always lead you to where you are destined to be. We now recognized that the future is not really cast in stone and we might be living in the new normal as we see it. The world will not pause for you because you are in quarantine, so we need to continue to better ourselves, sharpen our saw, and enjoy every moment we spend with our loved ones.