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How to make good use of your quarantine

Molly Fairclough, 2nd Apr 2020
Tags: Life Blog Ambition Challenges Purpose

Things are a bit of a mess right now, not that you need me to tell you that, but I’m guessing most of you are stuck indoors as a result.

Being stuck inside has the potential to be extremely boring, so here’s a few things I plan on doing to curb that boredom and make good use of my isolation.

1. Learn a new skill

A ‘skill’ can be referring to a whole host of things, so this one is pretty broad.

But basically, I want to learn something new that I’ve been putting off for ages. I want to learn the guitar.

Looney tunes playing the guitar
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I have one that’s been sitting in my room since last summer and, to be honest, the amount of dust that has gathered on it is embarrassing.

So, I’ve decided that it would be a good use of my time to dust off the cobwebs and actually learn how to play.

I may not be the next Jimi Hendrix when all this is over, but I’ll be miles better than when I started. 

2. Look at pictures of rescue dogs online and dream of one day having a dog of your own

This one may sound weird, but hear me out.

If you’re a dog lover like me, who is currently being deprived of their own furry best friend, I can assure there is no better way to spend your time than browsing through pictures of adorable rescue dogs online.

Remember, to adopt them is better than to shop!

Dogs clapping
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90% of my downtime is spent on either Dog’s Trust, Assisi Animal Sanctuary, Battersea Dogs, the list goes on.

Another fun thing you can do is to send pictures of the adorable dogs to your family group chat, and attempt to guilt-trip your parents into getting one of them.

That hasn’t exactly worked out for me yet, but I’m wearing them down. I know I am.

Why are we in quarantine?

One big thing that I’ve seen people talking about is: Why we should be in quarantine.

This is a really interesting question, and I think it challenges one of the biggest issues in our world today.

It challenges the idea that we only live for ourselves, and we do what makes us happy.

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If you’re a young and fairly healthy person like me, then chances are you're not going into quarantine for your own safety, but for the safety of others.

In the Bible, Philippians 2:4 talks about this. It says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

We have to rewire our brains to think of others first.

As a society, we have to rewire our brains to think of others first. This is something that a lot of us aren’t very good at, included me.

When you’re staying inside, you’re not doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for the vulnerable people in your community who need your help.

I hope that in the meantime you all make good use of your time inside, and find something fun to curb the boredom.

Happy quarantine!

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