Life of Dyes

Take it Seriously, Folks

“You don’t want to be complacent. You always want to be ahead of the curve”

-Dr. Anthony Fauci

We’re all going through it. Well, those of us that don’t work an essential job. Quarantine. Our way of life has changed. I was furloughed. Alex’s schedule has become a one week on, one week off. It’s a huge adjustment. He’s a homebody, so the time at home is rejuvenating for him. Me? I’m one minute from rearranging the whole house. I like being busy, I like having a routine. It’s a necessity to keep me from overthinking literally everything. Yet here I am, on day 15 of no job and everything’s closed. I don’t like it, but it’s important that I hold tight. Why?

Because people are dying. People are critically ill and the numbers rise each and every day with no cure or treatment. So why aren’t people taking this seriously? How are there still people out there determined to make it a lie? We could look at our government’s lack of response, and I’m not just talking about on a federal level. Yes, our federal government has royally screwed us by not locking the whole country down, but what about local governments? Our governor refuses to lock us down despite the soaring numbers of confirmed cases. It’s a scary time, but what makes it scarier are the people who refuse to take it seriously. Those people are helping the spread.

Don’t. Be. A. Fool. You can catch it. I can catch it. Your parents, grandparents, kids. They can all get this virus. So, stay home. Yes, we’re all going stir crazy. I know, I reached that a week ago when I paced circles around the house. I don’t handle being locked up well. I really don’t, but I will still do it. It’s important. I really don’t think I can repeat that enough at this point.

“But I’m bored!” Okay, and? Do you realize how many things there are to do in this day and age from the comfort of your home?

  • Virtual field trips
  • Free online class courses (start with history and figure out why our government is taking a dangerous direction)
  • Paint
  • Bake
  • Play board games (if you aren’t home alone, although you can play Cards Against Humanity online with friends!)
  • Stream a movie (I know you have your brother’s best friend’s sister’s streaming app, use it)
  • Read (through that book list you always said you never had time for)
  • Play a video game
  • Workout (“Ew, Courtney, stop” No, get up and be active. We’re already the number 1 country for obesity, let’s kill burn that trophy)

There are even more options than just those, but you get the idea. And keep a good sleep routine! I have alarms at 6:45 am and 7:15 am. We get up and we work out. Our bedtime varies, but with Alex’s schedule all funky, as long as we’re in bed by 10, it’s cool.

Don’t forget about human contact either. Call a friend or Facetime a family member. Zoom with the entire family if you’re feeling ambitious. Zoom an at home happy hour (thanks to that suggestion from a friend of mine). Just make sure you connect some how. This doesn’t have to be something you face alone. You aren’t alone. I promise. Hell, I’m somewhat friendly. Find me on Twitter or Insta and strike up a conversation. Do not make it weird, pls. Fair warning, I have a habit of taking gross DMs from guys and plastering their message and Twitter handles on the internet. Don’t. Test. Me.

In the words of our favorite Wildcats: We’re all in this together.

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