#LifeWithout: Structure

Quarantine has lasted for what feels like forever, and it’s affected every single person in the country differently. I’m lucky in that my life hasn’t changed too drastically over the past couple of months, but I did run into an obstacle I didn’t anticipate – boredom. 

During the school year, I never find myself being bored. If anything, I’m grateful for having nothing to do so that I can take a nap or relax. During the first part of quarantine, while others were going stir crazy, I was fine. It had me thinking that quarantine isn’t as bad as everyone made it out to be. It wasn’t until the last month that I started to realize that I was bored. There were no new instagram posts to like, no new books to read, no exam review to do. No one was there to tell me to do anything. I learned how to keep myself on a schedule and what life is like without having a rigid structure that you’re required to follow. 

I tried to wake up around the same time every morning, and even though I didn’t have an exact idea of what I was going to do that day, I tried to do one fun thing each day. It was a way to make sure the days didn’t blur together.

Quarantine isn’t fun in the slightest, but it does allow time for new things. I started baking and cooking more, was able to spend time with my family more often, and even had time to get a job. I feel that because for the past couple of months there have been limitations on who you can see and what you can do, the only thing left for a lot of people is to focus on themselves. There’s no longer the need to “make” time for things – there’s enough time to go around.

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