Social distancing mode may continue for awhile–and while it’s admittedly difficult, it may be the perfect time to develop some new hobbies. For those of us working from home (especially with added homeschooling duties) who may find ourselves with far less time than we had before, these are decidedly not the kinds of wonderful projects that others may have time to engage in, like planting victory gardens or reading all day long or organizing their entire house. The following are just some tiny things you can squeeze in during your already overwhelming day.
- Identify familiar shapes—not in the clouds but in the red, cracked patches of skin on your hands that have been created by excessive washing.
- Sit near your significant other during their video business meetings and pass notes like “The cat on their bookshelf doesn’t seem to approve of the group’s decision.”
- Try to remember how many days the mail, groceries, and packages have been sitting in the garage for un-germing, then replace that confusion with utter uncertainty about what to do with them once the timeframe has passed. Pace back and forth until deciding to deal with it tomorrow. Repeat as often as needed.
- Pull out the assortment of hair-styling products that you bought, believing the hype, then used only once since the hype was a huge freakin’ lie but never threw away because you paid for them so there’s a lingering guilt associated with seeing them every time you open the cabinet. Go ahead and use them all up—no one will be able to see the potential frizzorama (unless you have a video meeting scheduled, but who cares because if someone gets judge-y, that’s on them).
- Pepper others with thoughtful questions, like “How many times do I have to remind you not to touch your face and okay, yes, I did just touch mine while saying that but I’m a human, not a robot?”
- Unearth every piece of clothing that you’ve had in your closet for more than a few years and haven’t worn. Wear them all, mismatching accessories with glee. Major bonus points for wearing your fanciest stuff to your next video meeting without explaining why you’re sitting there in your bridesmaid dress/tuxedo/ball gown with bright purple eyeshadow and banana earrings.
- Award yourself stickers for regularly wiping down counters, handles, and floors, then realize you don’t have any sort of board on which to display your sticker awards because you can’t go to the store right now, and the whole project sounds exhausting anyway, so never mind. Just remember how much you rock, Sterilizer Warrior!
Sending best wishes and properly distanced hugs to all—and to keep us laughing instead of crying, please tell us…what are your new tiny hobbies?
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