Here are 5 Simple activities that will get you excited about life even now during the Corona Crisis.
Howdy folks! Before I start, I’ve tried to bring a bit of humor to this article. So if you are the type that won’t take kindly to me making jokes about this serious topic, I apologize and suggest you don’t read on.
For those that need a laugh and some positive thoughts in these dark times, well I hope I make you laugh and think.
I know what you’re all thinking. Five things to get excited about right now: start drinking, take drugs, watch porn, have sex and sleep, — the obvious 5 things that can get everyone excited regardless of the nightmare unfolding outside.
Now I’ve rocked your world with mind blowing, influential and valuable lessons on life, please don’t forget to sign up, like, subscribe and join the tribe… Ok, I’m obviously joking. Oh, God, I hope you got that I was joking.
Oh, well, those of you that aren’t drunk already, or off getting it on, I apologize for trying to make light of what is in fact a very serious situation.
However, I hope you may be able to excuse me my craziness. You see, I’m a very active and interactive high school teacher, who probably should have been an actor, and now my audience has been stolen from me, for 8 long weeks, I’m going positively stir crazy.
I’m sure some of you can relate.
So, let’s just dial it down a bit.
Time to get serious.
What can I say? It’s dark times my friends. Dark days indeed have descended on planet Earth. Here we fly, hurtling way out in space, God’s chosen creation, flying blind and out of control. Held hostage in our little escape pods, waiting for the virus to be contained by the good men in the hazmat suits. (That’s if your country is lucky enough to have good men in hazmat suits — but let’s not go there.)
Anyway, you don’t need me to paint any dark pictures. You’re all out there living it — or inside “living” is probably more the case. Please put extra emphasis on the “living”. You probably got that, but just in case you weren’t sure what it actually means to be living. I mean there’s lots of kids looking up from the video games going, “what virus? Lockdown? What are you talking about mum?”
Again I digress.
You came here for value, not cheap jokes. So let’s get down to business.
So, you want to get excited about Coronavirus?
Obviously, that’s a cheeky little clickbait title — I hope you got that and that my irony was for genuine affect — as in it got a wry smile as you curiously clicked, hopeful for something interesting. Or possibly you clicked getting ready to go off at another horrible blogger using this kind of cheap marketing buffoonery. Sorry!
However, seeing as you’re here, let’s do this thing.
Who says a life threating virus and near economic shutdown means you need to get gloomy.
Let’s get excited!
1. How you feel is all about focus
Obviously, if you are going to sit there staring at the news, seeing the rising cases, the number of deaths, the mud slinging at useless politicians, and ask what happens if it mutates, you’re not going to be in a good place.
Focus on the bad and you’re going to feel bad.
Your focus decides what you feel. I know the situation is not great now, but I like to think, if a teenage girl like Anne Frank could live through the fear and discomfort of World War 2, hiding in the attic, for years, then I think we can handle it a while longer.
I mean, she was hiding from freaking Nazis. Nazis with guns. What’s worse, she had no Wi-Fi. Like OMG! If she could survive that, we can rock it with the wonders of the world wide web.
Ok, let’s not make light of the situation, we are hiding from a very serious monster as well and we need to be careful. However, the thing we need to remember here is that focus is the thing that decides our feeling.
Poor Anne could have focused on the Nazis all day long and gone crazy. She didn’t. She focused on the people around her; her family; the cute boy she starts falling for; trying to understand herself and her thoughts as she grows, and so on. It’s a good story, you should check it out.
We too, can choose our focus and our focus decides our feeling.
If you want excitement, focus on excitement. Turn off the negative and tune into your passionate inner voice.
My personal excitement
For me, I’ll admit, I was starting to get blue. I was missing the excitement of entertaining, oops, I mean educating kids. (How exciting!) I was missing the gym after work, and beers on Friday with old mate Johnny. You don’t know Johnny, but he’s a good lad. This one time … oh, no, I better not tell any stories. I don’t want him to get in any trouble. (Let’s just say Johnny knows how to have fun.)
Anyway, I was focusing on all the things I didn’t have. That led me to feel loss and frustration. I didn’t like that. It felt yucky!
So, what did I do?
I decided to get excited.
Now, I’m waking up at 5am, excited about starting my 21 day meditation and yoga routine. Yeah, ok, I get it, not exciting, kinda embarrassing. I know, but I don’t care. I’m not saying you need to be crazy like me, find your own brand of excitement. For me that’s something that is exciting— getting more in touch with my body, my spirit and balancing my emotions has got feeling good.
Not just that, I’m also writing more than ever, creating games to play with my son, practicing guitar and doing shadow boxing, watching great content on the ‘tube. (That’s YouTube — I love YouTube — it’s awesome, you should give it a go if you need to find something exciting.)
Ultimately, feeling is decided by focus. Focus on getting excited and you will get excited, even during this COVID madness.
If excited doesn’t work, then try for gratitude. Be grateful you’re still kicking, here reading this awesome blog. Be grateful that others are out on the front line risking their lives to help others. (Those guys rock!)
Focus on whatever feeling you want. Where your focus goes, your feeling grows. So, give it a go, set your focus to positive and let the good times flow.
2. Stories we tell
We are defined by the stories we tell ourselves.
This rolls on beautifully from our first point. Focus on the positive and tell a positive story.
What does this all mean?
As soon as we start to contemplate the whole thing, we are telling a story.
Some of those stories are very empowering and helpful: scientific explanations which enrich our understandings; stories of Italians singing to cheer each other up; Chinese and Russian doctors flying out to serve their fellow man, and woman.
Great stories to tell right now.
However, a lot of the stories I’ve heard are down right dangerous: Stories about China starting the disease, the US planting the disease, the Government’s lying to us, and so on, all the way to wild speculations about what next?
These stories take an event and twist it into something big and bad. These stories breed fear, anger, distrust and paranoia. Hey, they may be true, but I don’t know, we’ll probably never know, and I don’t really care.
What’s a more positive story?
A much more positive story is that we are going through challenging times to test us and make us stronger — I love a challenge, I’m excited, I can social distance better than all you suckers, let’s have a race.
Alternatively, I have faith our health care professionals, our best and brightest, will find the solution. Humanity is capable of miracles. We’ve always found a way, we will always find a way, and I’m going to keep my head down, stay safe and wait for the hot survivors at the champagne after parties. (No I won’t, I’m married. Happily married. I was just trying to write funny for the young folks, ok?)
Or, come up with your own story — that’s always exciting. Tell your version of how you survived and one day came out of this loud and proud that you didn’t lose your … stuff, while others got weak at the knees.
Choose the story you want to tell. Make it a good one, full of heroism and miraculous moments of hope. Then get excited by this very “exciting” moment in history.
3. Shake that Booty
Let’s get physical.
Nothing changes our state quicker than physical moment.
Insert Tony Robbins’ quote here. You know the one where he says movement can change your state in an instant. I heard him somewhere here on YouTube. (I really didn’t plan this to be a Tony marathon, but he’s just influenced my thinking so much. Cheers Tony — love your work!)
Anyway, I think it’s obvious — get some exercise. It will boost your feel good chemicals in the brain and make you happy. Who knows, you make it a few days in a row and before you realize you’re excited about the hot bod in the mirror.
I’m trying for this one. I got miserable about the gym being shut down, but now I’m improvising. My friends at YouTube have a ton of awesome, at-home strength training vid’s and I’m loving the boxing right now. I just watched Anthony Joshua vs Dillian Whyte and bounced along with every blow. Here’s the link if you enjoy that type of thing. (Seriously, loving YouTube at the moment — no they’re not paying me.)
Alternatively, you could also go back to the advice in paragraph 1. I mean the drinking and responsible party version. Always observe age and legal restrictions, and practice safety, always. I don’t know how many of us want to risk a little bundle of joy right now. Oh, can you imagine how many crazy parents might be contemplating naming their daughter Corona right now. Or a rocking little lad named Covid. Can you imagine? Oh, please God no.
4 The simple things in life
“Simple goodbye can make us cry. Simple joke can make us laugh. And…a simple care can make us fall in love.” Unknown
Here we go with number four. It’s the simple things in life that are often the best.
Now, I’m not going to harp on here. I’m sure you’ve all read some form of advice over the last few weeks about enjoying your time at home with family and all the rest of that jazz. We know it and now is the great time to practice care for those around us.
- Or put on a great movie you love.
- Listen to great music. I’ve been rocking classic Zeppelin with my son. He’s loving it and I get all excited bouncing him around the room.
- Or get out in the garden if that’s your thing. My wife started a little patch of veggies before this whole thing started. She’s loving caring for her little patch of plants and harvesting some fresh, organic, free green stuff for our son. (Probably great idea to have a food source, you know with the whole zombie apocalypse coming and all. She’s smart my wife. One of the things I love most about her. Sorry, I digress again.)
- Maybe call a friend and have a chat. My friend called me from out of the blue and we had a good chat. Shared a couple of good songs. Reminisced about good old times. There was this one time … oops, again, don’t think I should get him in trouble. (Now please don’t get the wrong idea. Your humble narrator is actually a very good boy — I just can’t think of any fun stories when we weren’t … oops almost too much again:))
- You get the idea.
There are lots of great things to turn your mood around. A good book, a great song, family, friends, and all those simple things.
5 Remember we’re all in this together
Finally, for now, we need to remember that this is indeed a profound moment of history. We are all in this together and one day we will look back and ask, ‘how did we react during these difficult times?’.
Basically, this is the great human challenge of our times. That’s exciting! Think about life, even just last year. For most of us, life was plodding along in its every-day, usual, uneventful kind of way.
Now, people know they are really alive.
I know, for me at least, this whole thing has changed the way I look at things.
I’m now so grateful about my situation. I’ve been working a long time to get ahead in life and I was starting to feel a bit disappointed that I wasn’t already rocking that financially free life, cruising the world on the luxury ship and rolling in the limo. First world problems, given I live pretty damn well.
Now, however, I’m thinking about my mum, back home, and hoping she’s alright. I’m thinking about my son, and wondering about how this will impact his future. I’m thinking about the poor people who are in a worse situation, and the brave doctors and nurses and medics working hard to help us overcome. I’m thinking about how I should have been more grateful for fresh, clean air and never having to worry about stockpiling food. (Sorry, no jokes about toilet paper wars today.)
(Ok, so I just couldn’t resist a quick toilet joke, but I swear I’m going to grow up soon.)
Anyway, you get the idea. Basically, we’re all feeling more human in a challenging point of history. The whole world — we’re all in it together this time.
The whole world is facing a mighty challenge together. It feels more real, more important and more vital to do things right this time.
For more ideas of our reaction to the Coronavirus:How we Respond to The Coronavirus?
How are we responding to the latest great challenge of history?medium.com
Thanks for reading team!
I was inspired to write something a little more positive on the whole COVID Crisis thing. I hope I did it justice, though I feel my humor may have put some people off and might be seen as inappropriate.
If it did, I’m sorry. However, it was all in the name of bringing some positive vibes to these dark times.
The human race will go on and once again thrive as we have always done. The dark of this long night shall be blown aside by the bright of a beautiful dawn. A day will come when we once again salute the genius of our scientists, the bravery of our medics and sing songs of how great we were in this time of struggle.
So, brave humans of planet Earth, go boldly forth, just don’t leave the house, and do what you can do for your countries, and neighbors, and friends, and family.
- Focus on the positive and try to ignore the swirl of negativity plaguing us right now.
- Create bold and inspiring stories that help you to brave the day with a confident front and a casual smile.
- Get physical and do the little things that warm the heart and strengthen the soul.
- Finally, recall that this is our challenge, our great moment of history, and claim it now, so one day soon you can go on like, ‘I was like this whole thing was nothing, and they were like were all gonna die, but I said no way man …’ Well you get the idea.
Get excited and let’s fight to bring home the win!
Take care everyone.
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