For Anything Goes Wednesday I’m doing more of the same. I’m talking about life during lockdown.
Every day is like the day before. I wake up and workout (a little) with my buddy Tammy‘s Instagram videos. Then I make breakfast while video-chatting with my buddy Matthew who is in Tokyo making dinner. I work, have lunch (sometimes), then work some more. At 5 p.m. I take a break in the sun on my teeny balcony. I post my social media. Then dinner and Netflix before bed.
Every movement, every tiny task, is the same. Every. Single. Day.
I do all this inside the same four walls—and I can literally see all four walls of my home from where I’m sitting now. My entire universe is 256 square feet, though I spend most of my day in a quarter of that space, at my kitchen table.
At first, I liked cocooning and having a routine; it helped bring a sense of comfort and structure to my days in confinement. But after more than a month of this, restlessness is setting in.
This morning, as I was changing from my nighttime jammies to my daytime jammies, a thought occurred to me: this sameness, this routine, is reminiscent of the life of a religious hermit. Modest surroundings, simple daily tasks, all creating more mental space for spiritual reflection. The stillness of our lives right now is forcing us to focus on these “insignificant” daily tasks and take care with them. The smallness of our universe is allowing us to expand our inner selves. It’s not easy, this sameness. The monks will tell you that it takes discipline to live like this, to find fulfillment in simplicity and stillness.
If I am restless, the real question is not: How can I add something new? It’s: Why do I need the distraction?
Take a tour of my tiny universe
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Tip of the day
Are you starting to get anxious and fidgety? Ask yourself what’s at the root of your restlessness? What’s bothering you? You may find that it has very little to do with the “same old, same old” of the world out there, and more about that tiny whisper in your head that you’re trying to drown out with the noise of activity.