APRIL 46, 2020
Written on May 16, 2020
Since the start of this Covid-19 lockdown, we have been making great fun of our inability to keep track of the weekdays. Why are we so clueless about what day it is? Haven’t we developed some sort of internal calendar after all these years of living in this society? I guess not. There are very interesting repercussions to look at once we get stripped of our regimented lifestyle.”TGIF’’ is now on welfare! I do not see it anywhere on my social media feed anymore. Now if I speak for myself, I have not anticipated a weekend in many years because of my irregular schedule. However, when looking back at my first job, I do remember that certain days did have specific sentiments attributed to them. For instance, when I worked at a movie theater as a janitor, most fights would break out on Friday and Saturday nights. So, I had to prepare myself and go to work with a sense of awareness, just in case I was called to intervene. A sort of routine was then established. Routines allow the world to function in a harmonious way. However, on an individual level, habitual actions tend to create very precise expectations and even anguish in some cases. I think we should definitely be encouraged to break those patterns. We normally try to do it by booking trips or by spending our holidays with our loved ones. But in my opinion, even those types of rest time seem too ‘’predicted’’. I think being lost leads to an opportunity for self-reinvention, so why not put ourselves in those conditions intentionally? It is apparent that many people are re-evaluating their career and lifestyle during this odd period of confinement. It can be stressful to walk towards the unknown, but if we constantly do so and become accustomed to those kinds of self-imposed circumstances, we can then turn uncertainty into excitement. Let's take some relief from the preconceived scenarios that enslave us mentally. Now don’t get me wrong; we need planning! All I am saying is that randomness is full of surprises and disappointments, just like we can find surprises and disappointments in any of our scheduled activities. I guess it all comes down to balance. Anyway, if you feel disoriented, YOU WORRY NOT! You will survive. And next time someone tells you to ''get lost'', just smile at them and gambol away because they are doing you a favor. In fact, they are encouraging you to go out there and rediscover yourself…rediscover life.