There’s been plenty of conversation lately about all the things we couldn't do while we were at home because of the COVID pandemic. We missed our normal interactions and day to day activities, but the downtime also affords us an opportunity to try new things we may not typically have the time or ability to do.
Five things to enjoy this summer:
One – Plant a Container Garden
It’s the season of flower planting and gardening and many of us may be itching to get outside and in the dirt. If you’re in a small space or apartment, this may not be an option right now. Try a container garden instead. If you have a balcony, patio or sunny spot in your home, try your luck at planting flowers, herbs or vegetables. Bonus – the herbs and vegetables can be incorporated into all the delicious meals your cooking while you’re at home!
Two – Take an Online Class
Is there a topic you’ve always had an interest in but never had the time to really explore? Now’s your opportunity. Harvard, Yale and Penn State are just a few of the Ivy League universities offering classes for free right now. Check out the full list here. If you’re more interested in learning a new skill, there are plenty of options for that too. Learn a new language or how to play an instrument all from the comfort of your home. Click here for a list of ideas.
Three – Go on a Virtual Museum Tour
Visit the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in the same afternoon. Many of the world’s most famous museums are offering free virtual tours. Take a look and make plans for those you want to visit in person.
Four – Organize your Digital Photos
Use this time at home to finally print or create photo albums for all of those digital photos accumulating on your phone or computer. While you’re at it, send a photo or album to a friend or family member to remind them of a special time you shared together.
Five – Spread Kindness
Small gestures have a big impact, perhaps even more so now. Take time to check on your family and friends -- send a card or give them a call. Bake cookies for your neighbors. Show your support for health care and all essential workers by donating, sending supplies or offering a ‘Thank you’.
While there were a lot of activities we had to put on hold, there’s still ample opportunity to learn, grow and find appreciation in this slower way of life.