5/11/2020

shave your head! do pushups!

the hardest part of the lockdown seems over now, at least in the area where i live. now it is possible to go out (remaining in the territory of the municipality) also if it isn't necessary for a basic need. this means we can have a walk, visit some relatives, run and cycle. other things are still forbidden but well, it's a big improvement.
so for me, this is the right time to draw some conclusions on the way i have spent these long weeks at home. what have i done? have i used this time wisely? have i learned something new?
let's see. i have done my everesting challenge and i'm very glad of it, as an everesting experience was on my to-do list since a lot of time. i am still at a very basic level and actually i don't enjoy it that much but i have learned something about hula-hooping (and even if my progress is slower than expected, i consider precious any improvement in the field of body-mind connection). i have refined the technique in things that i already used to do like rope jumping and throwing darts and, in a very solitary way, i picked up again my old pole-fighting training. i have experimented new types of workout focusing on the reduced spectrum of things i can do without leaving my house, and once again it proved that limitations help be creative. but the most important things i have learned during these weeks are far more abstracted.
the first one is precisely about being creative. creativity does not mean sitting in front of a window, staring at the rain and writing poems. creativity means developing a flexible mindset that allows overcoming difficulties and solving problems, finding alternative ways to do things. under certain circumstances, being creative can make the difference between dying and surviving.
the second one is even more relevant, and it's about time. time itself has to be considered a commodity. as long as we invest it wisely, we can capitalize on it creating an outcome that could last a lifetime. and believe me, this outcome may become very concrete and material too. for example, one of the most common complains i have heard during the weeks of lockdown is about the impossibility to take care of someone's own hair as all the barbershops and hair salons are closed and will remain closed for some more time (well, that's definitely not my case, as i am used to shave my head regularly but that's not the point). what i am trying to say is that the time used to complain about the poor conditions of your hair can be spent in learning how to take care of it by yourself, instead of looking at the mirror moaning. learn to cut it using scissors or be creative with a shaver. you may become proficient in doing it, saving the money you were used to spend at the hair salon and the barber shop for the rest of your life, or you may even learn that you look good with a shaved head too, thus saving both time and money. and you can invest the saved timed, in its turn, in something else that could lead to other incomes, again in terms of money and time.
i know that this example is quite silly and frivolous, but the same concept applies to many aspects of our daily life. your gym is closed. that's an opportunity to learn to workout at home, it will save you time and money. if your favorite restaurant is closed, learn to cook properly what you're used to eat there. it will save you time and money too. this does not mean that you will never go again to your usual hair dresser or restaurant, obviously when the lockdown will be over you will be free to visit them whenever you want, but if you have mastered the skills of cutting your own hair or cooking your favourite meal, you will become more independent in the way you choose to spend your time and your money.