Early Year to the Scorching Heat
Summer’s heatwave discomforted my adequate sleeping time. I tried to sleep, but I couldn’t. Then I scrolled my phone, hoping to have some good news from the outbreak and hoping the screen light helped me fall asleep faster. I sit in shock, thunderstruck, knowing that hate speech and discrimination were still ongoing. Feeling fed up of not having a life back is exasperating, I can relate, but the hatred is not the way to end it up. In this unprecedented time, throwing hatred would end up wasting so much time. Let the scientists find the best remedy to cure the world; our task is to help them flatten the curve and comply with the rules applied.
The magic from the hurricane, along with the rain, came closer. They stayed quite longer, lullabying me until dawn approached.
Summer’s End to the Birth of Autumn
Hate speech was still going on. While the case keeps mushrooming, it’s time to save millions of people’s lives by complying with the health protocols. Thus we can overcome this conundrum immediately.
The week after I did not pay much attention to the news, whereas I focused on the hobbies or passions which I might forget to do. The news caused anxiety and increased my stress. I needed something positive.
I walked around to Sydney Botanical Garden; this park is only one mile from my accommodation. I sat for a couple of hours; observing people, the chirping birds, and the ferries going back and forth. It was totally a self-healing!
I inhaled the fresh air and thought that I was lucky enough to have a chance of living in one of the liveable cities in the world. Sydney government had already allowed several people up to ten to gather, and I was quite blessed with this; however, my prayers were (and are) with the countries struggling to have a speedy recovery.
All of a sudden, I remembered that I have some wishes I intended to do in 2020, thinking that it might be the appropriate time to realise them.
The next week I also skipped the news. I tried to be productive by digging my passions as well as keeping connected with the loved ones. If we’re on the same shoe, have a go for this!
Cultivating a new yet hidden hobby might be own satisfaction for many. Taking the example of playing the Ukulele. I bought this mini guitar a few months ago (that was before the outbreak occurred), but never did I pay attention to grab it since I was quite busy and a bit pressed by the assignments due, making it inattentive for so long. It’s a stroke of fortune to finally had much time to play it, you just watch some helpful videos for the beginner on YouTube. I learned to play the essential keys and already knew the note for the most favourite song I adore, “Imagine” by John Lennon. Believe me, if you are into music, playing the Ukulele is a must thing to do. It is not only because the main keys are effortless to learn, but also, it’s easier to get along—you can bring it to your favourite place quickly.
Moreover, delving a hidden passion like taking a photograph is also a thing to consider. As we keep being aware of remaining some distance from others, walking around in such a quiet place these days is kind of placid. My happy zone is when I can find serendipity and capture some great photos. Since I live close to Sydney CBD -where this premise is risky to walk around- I usually made my trip to Royal Botanic Garden around a pleasant morning, this is the moment where the nuance is still sleepy, so I can enjoy every nook and cranny to capture the enchant pics. If you are keen on taking some photographs, you can attempt the same thing.
Furthermore, if you are good at language, you can volunteer yourself to be a translator for some NGO platforms, helping them spread the good news on this afoot situation. I found a good one, “Translation Without Borders”, where I took part in translating a COVID-19-related document from English to Indonesia. Even though the papers given might drain your energy about thinking the medical-related terms, you would gain a credit when your piece of translation be published. Not to mention that you contribute to give such a piece of helpful information to your country regarding Covid-19 news. Besides, you also enhance your language proficiency by acquiring several technical terms in the health field.
At last but not least is about staying connected. A lady of letters, Anais Nin, once said,” Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it. Since we spend one-third of our activities are home-based such as having an online class, meeting, work, etc., using some video platforms like Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts to name a few is a good thing to do. It is time to stay connected. We can keep in touch again with the high school friends we haven’t communicated for ages, to Uni fellows, even to family members. It will be the moment where we can cherish our days filled with the laugh and crack reminiscing the old days we’ve passed through.
Rainy June to the Hope of July
It’s 2 a.m. already. I woke up with a frosty temperature and the jarring storm attacking the whole of Sydney’s sky. Although the intense gale and substantial rain return to the forecast for a whole week ahead, it comes to an end with a glorious sunny day. In line with the forecast, I expect the same thing for July, resuming life with a sigh of relief.
I put a big smile and close my eyes with a thankful heart.