It’s been a strange start to the year 2020, many people were getting ready for their new year new me speech when something quite unthinkable happened and the planet was hit by a pandemic. COVID-19 has forced us all inside and created a situation where we physically can’t work. If you are a keyworker then this obviously won’t apply to you, but instead, I shall thank you for your ultimate hard work and tireless commitment to saving the human race. If you haven’t been able to work, then you might have found some extra time on your hands to do something a little different than normal. Let’s take a look at some fun hobbies you can pick up during this lockdown period of our lives.
Learning an instrument is something many people claim to want to do, but never get round to doing it. Well, this is a perfect time for you to start. They say there is a rule that if you put 10 000 hours of deliberate practice into something you will become an expert, and it’s safe to say that it’s certainly felt like we’ve been off for 10 000 hours so you never know, you might come out the other end a very talented musician.
Firstly, I would choose what instrument you want to learn, there are quite a few to choose from so think about the music you like and what kind of songs you’d like to learn and go from there. Whatever you choose there will be an entire range of that specific instrument at vastly different price points, at this stage I wouldn’t go all out buying the most expensive one, instead make an informed decision by doing some research first. Take a look at these acoustic guitars, for instance, all of them are under $1000 which is a great starting point. Guitars can reach anywhere up to $10 000 and upwards and unless you’re a very successful musician with 10 feature albums under your belt, I probably wouldn’t be thinking of spending that kind of money. Something else to bear in mind is if you can test them out first, then I would advise in doing so, some guitars feel drastically different to others so find your feelings and go with it.
I’ve seen so many people picking up the paintbrush on social media over the last few weeks and it’s even got me tempted. It’s a lovely past time that sits richly in our history before photographs people sat for hours on end with a portrait artist carefully brushing the canvas capturing every detail they could with oil paints. The year is now 2020 and we all carry immensely powerful cameras in our pockets, but that’s not to say we can't channel our inner Bob Ross and take some time out to paint our garden, a pet, or anything that pleases you. The best thing about painting is that it’s something for you and you alone unless you choose to share it with anyone. Get the paints out, why not!
I would be really interested to read some of the stories people are churning out over this lockdown. Some have a natural gift with words and with this much time must be producing some incredible work. If you feel as though you aren’t as gifted with words, then not to worry, there are currently loads of creative writing courses online you can take part in to get yourself going. Let your creative juices flow and get some words down on paper.
Something else I’ve seen in abundance on Social Media since the start of lockdown is the rise in popularity of Yoga. This was gaining traction before COVID-19 but with the amount of time people have, they’re throwing themselves into 30-day challenges. Yoga is a type of exercise where you move your body into various positions to become more fit or flexible, to improve your breathing, and to relax your mind. If you’re thinking of starting any kind of exercise then this is a brilliant place to start, there’s yoga for all ability levels and it’s beautifully forgiving. You will also find yourself feeling a whole world better after doing it for a few weeks.
Lockdown is tough don’t get me wrong, but it allowed us to do things we have been putting off for years, whether that’s sorting the garden out or starting to learn the piano. We should try and take every positive out of this and leave the negatives behind, as hard as that may be. Use your time wisely, you’ll be back at work before you know it regretting the fact you didn’t do anything with your time off.
Published by Matthew Piggot