So, what now?
It’s safe to say that most of us haven’t experienced anything like the surge of closures and cancellations that are accompanying the spread of COVID-19. The cancellation of sporting events and live shows and closure of restaurants and other public places is what’s best, but it’s causing a massive shift in our daily lives. It’s all too easy to complain that “everything” is getting cancelled—because, compared to the usual way we live our lives, it can certainly feel that way. But, just like there are plenty of things you can still do when your ordinary life gets cancelled, there are lots of other wonderful things that aren’t cancelled—and never will be!
Family and friends
It can sound cheesy, but if there’s ever been a good time to reach out to the people you love and tell them so, it’s now. Of course, the heartbreaking reality is that many people can’t even physically be with certain family members. But thanks to the technology of today, there are countless ways to stay in touch with them—or get in touch with people you haven’t spoken to in a while. You can still call family members and friends, or even use FaceTime or Skype so that you can see each other. It’ll almost be like they’re there with you—but without any potential risks of spreading illness.
Raise your hand if you have a stack (or two or three) of books that you’ve promised yourself you’ll get to eventually. Yeah, us too! Well, now, you have an excuse to neglect social engagements in favour of diving into a new book! Reading has always been a way to be transported to another world, and now we need that more than ever. Even if you don’t have an overabundance of physical reading material, you can get audiobooks on Amazon or Audible, and apps like Axis360 and Libby can provide access to scores of e-books, including many for free. Bookstorelink.com can connect you to independent bookstores in your area and allow you to purchase books online—with all of the proceeds going to the store.
Start cracking away at this list of 65 books everyone should read in their lifetime.