What I’ve Learned During Quarantine

What I’ve Learned During Quarantine

Quote of the day: “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

So how many days of quarantine has it been? Let’s see here… 59 days! And yes, I did just pull up the calendar and count the days out. 59 freaking days. That’s a lot of days! The weekends and weekdays are very blurry and life just feels like someone hit a big fat “PAUSE” button.

I feel like during quarantine, I’ve learned a lot or thought about a lot of different things and I am going to share some of those today. Let’s get into it.

What I’ve Learned: 

  1. I am so grateful I had a graduation ceremony last year. Despite dreading walking across a stage with a bunch of random people staring at me, I am so happy I at least had the option to do so. I feel horrible for the Class of 2020 because they don’t even get that option. I do still think it is important to celebrate the graduates no matter what. They still accomplished everything and are still closing a chapter in their lives and starting a new one. They deserve to be celebrated.
  2. I really appreciate my alone time. Obviously, with everyone home, alone time is very scarce. Although my family isn’t together in the same room all the time, I still feel their presence. I’m glad I have them, but the other day, I was home alone for the first time in months and it was AMAZING. It just felt nice knowing I wouldn’t be disturbed or anything.
  3. I miss going out to dinner. There’s seriously nothing better than going out to dinner on a Friday night. It used to be like a weekly thing at school or with my parents and I never thought I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do so. It just shows how far away from normal we are.
  4. Walking is so fun. My mom and I have been walking so much. It’s crazy that before this quarantine, the only walking we would do was walking our dog Lexi (and those walks are SHORT and SLOW). Now, walking is basically part of our daily routine and we walk 4 miles per day on average. If I don’t walk with my mom, I’ll go by myself and just listen to a podcast. It’s easily become one of my favorite activities. I’m currently listening to “We Bought a House” by Claudia Suleweski and Finneas.
  5. One Tree Hill will always be the best show. If you know me, you know I am OBSESSED with One Tree Hill. I think I’ve seen the show more than 5 times total and will continue to watch it randomly when I don’t have anything else to watch. Throughout quarantine, I’ll watch a few episodes of OTH here and there and I fall in love with the show all over again. Plot: Nathan (basketball star, party boy) gets tutored by Haley (smartest student, kind of nerdy, not a lot of friends) and they fall in love and last forever. Oops spoiler, but seriously still watch it… there’s so much more to it. Ahh I love OTH!
  6. I wish I learned to play guitar earlier. About a month ago, when I found out all of May would be spent in quarantine, I decided to FINALLY learn how to play guitar. I am currently on week 3 or something and I am NOT good. I am reminded by my sister constantly. Example: “No, you can’t play! You’re not good yet!” Don’t you love siblings :)? But yeah, I’ve really enjoyed just randomly picking up the guitar and practicing what I do know. It’s pretty fun and relaxing. I’m hoping I will stick with it and eventually be able to sing and play.
  7. Running outside is better than running on a treadmill. Prior to quarantine, I was the biggest advocate for running on a treadmill. I hated running outside; I never ran outside. Obviously, when gyms closed, I didn’t have access to a treadmill, but I didn’t want to give up running (I sometimes like it). I was basically forced to run outside, but I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. Well, not love, just like-ish. I do really like the change of scenery that running outside has to offer compared to staring at a number on a treadmill. I also tend to run a lot faster outside, which is always fun. I am curious to see how running on a treadmill will feel once gyms open up.
  8. I’m really bad at not touching my face. If you watch the news, you’ll hear all the news anchors and doctors say that to prevent COVID, wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Well, I am HORRIBLE at not touching my face. This isn’t the first time I was aware of it. Last year, in one of my classes, we watched a documentary or something and it said on average, people touch their faces 23 times/ hr. After that, I’ve started to notice a lot more how much I freaking touch my face. I’m trying to be more conscious about it and better about it, but it’s so damn hard.
  9. I know so many more state governor names. If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t totally sure the name of the California governor prior to quarantine. Now I know it: Gavin Newsom. I even know more state governors like Kate Brown, Gretchen Whitmer, and Andrew Cuomo. Speaking of Andrew Cuomo, have you seen him and his brother, Chris Cuomo? They are so funny when they’re together. I legit watched them banter at each other for an hour straight on Youtube.
  10. Asians are smart. Have you ever noticed an asian or group of asians walking around wearing masks? I thought it was the strangest thing ever and I think a lot of people would judge them for it and call them “weird” or whatever. Flash forward to now, and we are always those “weirdos” wearing masks. I think it’s hilarious that we judged people before and now we all have to do it. I will say though, wearing a mask out is a pain in the butt. I can’t breath half the time I go into a freaking grocery store.
  11. I am ready to move out. As much as I love my parents and my home, I have come to the realization that I am officially ready to move out. I am ready to be on my own and make my own decisions and fuck up on my own or be successful on my own. I’m ready to be independent (despite what my mom thinks). I just want to be able to live my life how I want to and I think it’s time to start my own life.
  12. Everyone’s feelings are valid. I feel like everyone is feeling different emotions during quarantine. Whether you’re angry, sad, relaxed, lazy, productive, etc. it’s all valid. I know I’ve definitely felt angry, sad, and at peace will quarantine. My mood is constantly changing and I think it’s totally valid to have different feelings. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you aren’t happy all the time given the situation. Your feelings are all valid.

Quarantine is a crazy time, but there’s so much to learn from it. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned it to not take little things for granted. I’m curious to see how people will act after quarantine is over. It will definitely be interesting. For now, stay safe.

~Taylor

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