The pandemic we are living through is tough on all of us. Self-isolation sucks but is necessary to slow down, maybe even stop the spread of CONVIR19. I am also uneasy about the panic that causes people to over-shop, depleting essential supplies such as toilet paper, hand wipes, sanitizers, and baking staples like sugar and flour.
Though I suppose in a pinch, I could use the leaves on the massive ivy invasion in my backyard instead of toilet paper; I would rather not. As for the other supplies, I suppose the best thing to do is arrive at the grocery store around 9 a.m. before the hoarders arrive. Anyway, I digress.
Self-isolation is particularly rough a person with Asperger’s like me, or with an anxiety disorder. Instead of going out to Starbucks for impromptu socializing and working on a project on my computer, I am now reduced to watching Netflix and YouTube and going on daily walks with my Newfie Bo. However, Bo is delighted to have me home. He gets much more attention, and he loves going out and about with me.
However, it occurred to me that this time of isolation is a chance of individual and intellectual rebirth, a reinvestment of oneself. Now is the perfect time to use the internet to learn new things; perhaps, upgrade your job skills by taking a free online class* or post entertaining videos on Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, or whatever online platform meets your needs.
*For ideas on where to find free online classes, check out this article by Emily Long, Where to Take Free Online Classes While You are Home.
Hang in there, my fellow Aspies; we’ve got this.
Sandra Rees-Bowen is a freelance writer based in Ferndale, Washington.