Constraints breed creativity. It might be helpful to frame COVID-19 as a constraint we can work around until lockdowns are lifted and our freedoms are progressively restored.
A lens I've found helpful is imagining time has been frozen. We don't know when time will unfreeze but we can rest assured that it will thaw out eventually.
This leaves us with two options:
- We can watch the clock in desperation for our normal lives to resume, mourning our lost freedoms.
- We can take advantage of these new constraints by channeling our focus towards becoming better humans in the eventual post-CV19 world.
Don't fool yourself: you can't always win the mental battle. There will be days that pass unseized. You may feel angry about opportunity being stolen from you, sad about the things you're not doing, or stressed about what the new normal might look like.
Let these hours, days, or weeks pass guilt-free. You don't need to have perfect resolve as the world wages war against an enemy keeping us in our cages. Good enough is good enough as we take things one day at a time.
Do your best to prevent negativity from earning a win streak. Bad days are inevitable but two in a row marks the beginning of a habit. Feed your positive emotions often and they will grow strong enough to win more often than not—that's all you need to come out ahead.
The virus gets to make up the rules but that doesn't mean you can't win the game. How you spend your time now will determine how you look back at this point in your life. You will be asked how you spent your time during the COVID-19 pandemic.
How will you answer?