Keep Learning

… a seemingly appropriate message for today, since we seemingly have so much extra time in our moated homes. However, if you are at all like me, I am tiring of the smiley faces reminding me of the “plus” sides of being home-bound. I have moments – sometimes days – of immobility. A kind of mild state of depression because my ability to move has been so curtailed.

All for a very good reason. I know and appreciate that – and the people who are keeping me safe. And yet … I feel the annoyance beginning to take over. I prefer to be around people (online at the moment) who are comfortable talking straight and not sunshiny. Some of the sunshiniest people I’ve heard are salaried, have paid-for homes and gardens, and generally see this as a vacation … and needed rest.

For the rest of us, it’s not so sunshiny: We have the same bills and not the same means of paying those bills. Many of us are having to stretch that dollar to cover daily survival needs, like food. So the message “Keep learning” just may make you want to rant and throw things.

However, now that I’ve got it out there, I have found myself taking this time to learn things I would never have considered, due to lack of time. Now I have good reason to learn them.  Because those things might help me increase my badly-diminished client base. Because I’m discovering techniques I’ve never heard of before that really interest me. Because I have time to plan and imagine, which leads to projects I can do from my home.

So, when I’m not immobile, I’m learning. And really enjoying it! Where I might have learned these things anyway under normal circumstances, I would not have had any time to actually enjoy them. Well, I’m enjoying them now! Every one of them.


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