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  • Writer's pictureJonathan King

Social Distancing: Week 5 & 6

It's been another couple of weeks since my last update, and an especially difficult two weeks for me. I've been struggling, especially with motivation to do anything (hence no blog post last week). When all the days are the same and there's nowhere to go, it's hard to muster the desire to do anything that doesn't involve mindlessly sitting on the couch.

My boss gave me some good advice on the subject. She said it's hard to care when you're being busy for busyness's sake, but if you're doing something with a purpose, that's when you can find motivation. I'm still working on finding that purpose, and if you are too, that's okay. But it's something to work toward when we have the energy to do it.

In the meantime, here are a few bright spots in the last few weeks that I hope will bring you some joy too.

Shelf Improvement

One of the projects I've wanted to do for a while was create an area, even a small one, that was kind of like a bookstore so that I can scratch the itch I have for going to secondhand bookstores. I picked up a small kids' bookshelf from Walmart and assembled it upstairs next to the windows, where it gets plenty of sunshine on sunny days. Our loft has been mostly box storage in the two years since my wife and I got married, but it's been slowly getting nicer and cozier, and this was a good step in that direction.

We loaded it up with the books my wife is currently reading, the chunk of my TBR list I'm most excited to read, and even some coloring and activity books, plus some knick knacks to make it look nice. I even turned the bin in the bottom into a kitty bed in case one of our cats needs a place to snooze. It's a small thing, but a pleasant environment can have a great impact on mental health. I don't think it's an accident that I've been spending a lot of time upstairs since then.

Watch This!

The past couple of weeks have been heavy on the musical side. First, from Facebook, we have this duet of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." I love how much fun these two are having, and they're so talented too!

On YouTube, we've got a heartwarming rendition of "Rainbow Connection" from Kermit the Frog, who seems to be self-isolating in his swamp but is still reaching out to make millions of people happy.

We've also got Wes Tank, a man who raps Dr. Seuss books over Dr. Dre beats. Here he's laying down the tongue-twisting lyrics of Fox in Sox.

And finally, if you've got some time and want some background music, let me suggest the soundtrack to Ori and the Will of the Wisps. The video game came out recently, and the music by Gareth Coker is incredibly beautiful. Hopefully it'll help you relax during this stressful time.

And that's all for this post. For me, it's back to my search for purpose and finding things to care about. If you have something you do that gives you purpose, leave a comment and let me know. I'd love to hear what's giving you life right now. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, and hopefully I'll be back next week with more!

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