On social media lately, I’ve seen posts that encourage me to use my extra time in social distancing to become extremely productive and learn new skills.
Clean your house, read several books, catch up on everything you’ve fallen behind on…
I don’t know about you, but I don’t actually have extra time right now.
I’m also learning how to adjust to the current times. I’m learning how to just be a human when there is a lot of change around me. I’m trying to figure out the best way for me to take care of myself when it’s easy to feel anxious, and I’m learning better ways for me to complete my schoolwork, considering that I have lost almost all of the structure I had at school.
It is not the time to try to become my most creative, productive self. I have other needs to address first.
Still, I’m finding that it is not a bad time to learn a new skill as a stress reliever. I don’t suggest learning something new due to feelings of pressure, but if a new skill takes some of the stress off, then it might be worth a try.
So, I started learning viola!
I’m lucky that my fiance is an orchestra teacher, so he can teach me.
I also played outdoors, and some cars drove past as I was playing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. My performance wasn’t very impressive, but maybe it still made someone smile.
I’ve been learning that I need to be patient with myself, whether it’s because I’m adjusting to a pandemic or I’m practicing.
Learning takes time. Finding your footing during scary times doesn’t happen overnight. Sometimes it’s okay to move slowly. And when you are moving slowly, take care of yourself with your most basic needs first; get enough sleep, drink water and try to eat well, take breaks from work to do something fun, and keep moving forward one day at a time.