Life in Lockdown
I wanted to post something, but I didn’t know what to say. I couldn’t not write about what was going on in the world because it is a new reality for all of us. But at the same time, I did not want this to be another message of the pandemic. Of pessimism. I didn’t want to put out another message of negativity in a world that’s already at its possible worst.
I watched an interview with Shakun Batra, an Indian filmmaker, and he spoke about how he is coping with the current situation. He said,
“You have so much time, you’re not doing things out of purpose. You’re doing it because you have the time.”
It’s such a refreshing thought.
We don’t feel guilty of turning to our silliest passions, our meaningless desires to do ‘whatever’ right now, because of the imposed lock down. We have been given time.
We’re reading, dancing, painting, inventing games, learning card tricks, watching old cartoons, catching up on new shows, trying out new recipes, practicing songs on our guitars, writing, and everything in between, because why not.
We’re doing things that don’t necessarily need a purpose.
I don’t know if we’ll continue this pattern of doing purposeless tasks when life resumes after this crisis. But what I do know is that we’ve been given the privilege of time. And I’ve come to see that it’s okay to not be productive right now. In fact, it’s alright to just live for a while.