It is day 3 of a national lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are to stay in our homes and we can only leave for emergencies. It is for our own safety but it is not easy. I’m greatful that I still have another 9 online teaching days so my days are filled with some human contact, even though it is virtual. Last week I had to teach the following poem, and I found it quite fitting for a time such as this:
Be Drunken by Baudelaire
Be drunken. Always
That is the point; nothing else matters.
If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time
weigh you down and crush you to the earth,
be drunken continually.
Drunken with what?
with wine, with poetry or with virtue, as you please.
but be drunken.
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace,
or on the green grass in a ditch,
or in the dreary solitude of your own room,
you should awaken and find the drunkenness half or entirely gone,
ask of the wind, of the wave, of the star, of the bird, of the clock,
of all that flies, of all that speaks,
ask what hour it is.
And wind, wave, star, bird, or cock will answer you:
“It is the hour to be drunken! Be Drunken,
if you would not be the martyred slaves of Time.
Be drunken continually!
With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you please.”
Virus or not, are we not all slaves to Time? Be it that there is so much to do and so little time, or that there is plenty of time and not enough activities to fill the hours, time often seems to command our every move. The lockdown is an opportunity for time to stand still in a way. Some of you are not working and this is the time to spend with those you love. For others, it is a time to get to those things we have been saving for when there is more time for them.
And so I thought I would share with you today what I have been getting drunk on in the last few days besides work.
Long distance friends are closer
Again, as I was emptying my email inbox last night, the main message was that I am not alone. From my insurance company to my gym, everyone assures me that we’re in this together. My very good friend from University who lives over 1000km away and I have called each other 3 times in this past week alone, something we don’t do often when life is normal. Group chats are alive with conversation so consistently that it’s actually overwhelming! but we are more in touch now than we are when we are immersed in our individual lives.
One thing I am so grateful for during this time is 8 hours of sleep! Even on school nights, I am getting so much more sleep than normal. It’s amazing how much more time you buy by not having to drive to work or gym or to the shop or anywhere, really! I work hard, maybe even harder than usual, and I get guilt-free sleep instead of thinking of all the things I should be getting ready for the next day.
Gym is still life
Home workouts are now the order of the day! My friends are now running online classes so that the world can stay active, and I’m here for it! I’ll say it again, HIIT is kicking my ass at the moment, but I can squeeze it in before I start my day and it’s actually real, grueling work out, instead of those days when I would go to gym and do very little meaningful work.
Out of all my compartments in my house, I’m really enjoying my book corner! I joined a group of people on Twitter who would like to read more during the Lockdown. I’m only doing 1 chapter a day because my days are still filled with a great deal of reading as it is. I really can’t do more reading than that each day!
Mr Elephant once said that if he could live forever, he would take the time to master his favourite art. Well, we may not have forever in lockdown – this will pass eventually, but I would like to take some time to master my guitar playing. Ironically, I don’t yet have time to fit this into my day!
Please share what you are getting drunk on while on lockdown. There’s only so much alcohol you can consume and it’s not very constructive use of your time so find something!
Thank you for popping in today! Have an amazing week and make the most of it😘