It has affected everyone across the world, locking us away to the safety of our homes. It is the talk no one can close their ears to. A sight in which none have a blind eye.
I have been stuck inside my home for over two weeks. I cannot work, all of my leadership roles in school are stagnant, and I cannot focus on selling my book at special events. In a sense, life has become a book checked out from the library by the Coronavirus, and we must place the book on hold if we want it back.
I am sure many of us feel the same way: stuck in our minds as much as we are in our houses. I have been holed up in my room, spilling my thoughts onto blank paper. We have leaders preaching about the terrors of the virus. We have politicians telling us it will all be okay, that we will not be quarantined much longer.
We all know the reality.
Our homes are our new best friend. We have to embrace this. It is not the end of the world, and life will go on.
Now, I am not writing to grieve over the pandemic. We have had enough despair over this. Instead, I am going to be sharing how I have been staying motivated in this time, particularly the energy to write.
The answer is simple.
To stay motivated, I create a list. Every day, I wake up to an alarm. Next, I get up and make my bed. This keeps me from wanting to get back in it. The sheets covering the pillow almost signify a gate between getting active and staying in bed for another hour. It is a simple task, yet it can change the entire course of your day.
Getting out of bed can be harder than it sounds, but when you do, it jump-starts your day.
The next step is to ask yourself this question.
“What can I accomplish that will help others and myself?” I say every day. Believe it or not, this inquiry will keep you thinking.
Every action you take, every choice you make, it affects someone. Your choice to keep yourself healthy, wake up early, and get tasks done will revitalize the hope COVID-19 is trying to destroy in you. Making the effort to bond with the people you love will inspire them to give love as well.
After you close the gate to your bed (also known as making your bed), get dressed. Clean yourself. These simple tasks will help keep you healthy and motivated. Now, sit down and make a to-do list. The points on there can be complex or not complicated. It can range from “make the bed” to “run a marathon in the neighborhood.” Whatever you feel you need to accomplish is what you should write.
In this time, it is hard to keep your mind alive and hopeful. But visualizing your goals will remind you that this quarantine is not going to bring you down.
I pray my words touch the hearts of those reading this. Thank you and God bless.
My next posts will be excerpts from my current works.