Quarantine Chronicles: The Importance of Hobbies

Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of memes and posts about “Fuck the people who tell you now is the time to find a hobby, start a new side hustle, etc” You know the drill. We can’t ever seem to find any balance in this society; either we’re working ourselves to death or we’re self-caring ourselves into the abyss.

Why can’t we have both?

Let’s start with a question: What does sitting in one position for too long do to the body? You get stiff, something gets sore, maybe a body part falls asleep, your shoulders tense up, and so on and so forth. The same thing happens to your mind when it gets too much of one thing for too long; it atrophies.

Even if you are the pinnacle of mental health working, watching Netflix and sleeping are really only going to last you for so long during an indefinite quarantine time period. That’s where hobbies (or a side-hustle) come in.

Just because you add exercise, or crocheting, or playing video games, or filming Tiktoks, to your ever decreasing list of things to do, doesn’t mean you can’t still take this unprecedented down-time to rest. You can literally do both.

But one day, you’re going to wake up from all this rest and realize we are still on lockdown and you’re going to wonder, what now?

That’s why hobbies are important, even in a global pandemic. Even when you don’t feel like doing anything. Even when everything seems pointless or hopeless; that’s actually exactly when having just a glimmer of hope and something you enjoy is really important.

This advice is pretty one-sided (because it’s from my own experience), but to me, that doesn’t mean it’s not viable–yes, I see the irony.

This is going to be a long season of disappointment and hard times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have the little things to help get you through. Even if those “little things” are binging your favorite series or being able to take a nap in the sun, or working your side hustle or starting a new business. Like we learned during orientation week of college: Don’t yuck my yum*!

Keep hope alive.

xoxo,

Ali

*This means that just because I want to work on my business or exercise or keep my diet under control and I advocate that to other people, doesn’t mean I deserve anyone’s hate. It also means that the people who do take this time to completely rest or just deal with what life has thrown at them and nothing more, don’t deserve to be called “lazy”. We’re all processing this is our own ways. Leave people alone.

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