It is crazy to think that less than two weeks ago we were just beginning to see the panic due to COVID19 and today most states have enacted a Shelter-In-Place. This has brought the lives of many to an abrupt halt. Some have lost income, others have lost conveniences. Most gyms are closed and people are having to workout at home (and are complaining about it A LOT).
During this time, as things have transformed, I have been VERY quiet. This is how I process things. About two weeks ago, I was beginning to prepare for some more experiments for my thesis work, only to have my lab shut down indefinitely two days later. I could be considered “essential” but, due to the harsh chemicals I have to work with to prepare my samples, that would be very unwise. I also went through a slight slump in my mood.
I resisted this whole ordeal as safely as I could for as long as I could. When they closed the gym, I just stuck with doing my workouts in my garage gym. I squeezed in one (very cold) open water swim before they closed the quarry indefinitely. We have been practicing our jiu-jitsu at home on some borrowed mats using the videos from Gracie University for our instruction. Other than a few minor inconveniences, our lives have not changed much. Apparently, we live in a continuous state of social distancing for the most part.
I know we are significantly less stressed than many other families out there because we were very fortunate that Duke did not pause any income for their employees. So a huge shout-out to Duke for providing a quality of life when it wasn’t mandatory. Thank you for doing the kind thing!
During this time, I have done a lot of cleansing. Not in the form of a juice cleanse or anything. Mainly in the form of who and what I choose to keep in my life. When everything started happening, there were a lot of people that I was following on social media that really were just completely negative and fear mongering. They got unfollowed within the first two days. Then, I started noticing there were a lot of people (self-proclaimed “influencers”) who were just completely stuck in their lives. This is not a shame to them but I just all of the sudden had this realization that when we are all “free” I had allowed these people to make me feel bad about myself and my life because my life didn’t look like theirs or I wasn’t doing as much as they were. I realized what so many try to tell everyone. These people put their “best” selves on social media. They keep very busy, but very few are actually growing and making changes. They make excuses instead.
What is the most common excuse for people not going after their dreams or desires? Not having time. We have been given the gift of time! If you want to start working out, now is the time. You don’t need anything. Literally no money, no workout clothes. Just a floor and a phone. You can workout in your underwear. Who is going to see you? Literally no one.
What have you been dying to accomplish but “didn’t have the time”? Read those books, write that book, do that workout, cook. Don’t get stuck.