Time. You can never have too much of it, and no matter how much you have, it’s still never enough.
That’s just the nature of the succession of experience that makes up our lives.
And, now we have lots of it, thanks to Governor Cuomo’s PAUSE for NYS because of Covid-19.
Many Staten Islanders, suddenly faced with more time than they’ve had in quite a while, just don’t know what to do with themselves.
This past weekend, the parks were packed with people out for a day in the sunshine, walking, talking, and enjoying the breeze.
Now is a good time to catch up with life.
Usually, it’s a madcap rat-race, an adrenaline-soaked quest to earn as much as we can. Right now, as many are on temporary furlough, and others are forced to work from home, the pace is decidedly slower.
This is NYC at turtle-pace, unless you’re a health care worker, or other vital city service worker, either toiling away for the Big Apple, the State, Federal government, or other crucial company deemed necessary. For those people, life did not slow down, it’s only sped up.
But for the rest of the Island’s populace, this is a pause, aptly called such by Governor Cuomo.
It’s time to catch up. Call family and friends you haven’t spoken with in some time.
Organize your hard drive. Clean up the basement. Paint the garage. Do whatever you can, focusing on projects and ideas that you always want to get to, but never seem to be able to find the time.
Are you always trying to begin using your home gym or start doing yoga again, but can’t seem to find the time? Well, now the time is here.
Get your life in order. We may never again have the opportunity to catch up again.
There’s no use in ruminating over unpaid bills or worrying about when this Covid-19 crisis will end. Constructive activity, physical activity, and even reading a book can both take your mind off it, and set you in a new direction.
Have you been wanting to keep a journal, write an article, or finish that novel you started writing ten years ago, but life’s been keeping you from it with its hectic non-stop grind at a speed of 200 miles an hour?
Enjoy the breeze. Feel what’s it’s like to be alive again.
In truth, we should all appreciate what we have, as many people have come down with the virus and are suffering.
At least we have the moment. Make it a good one.
Even if it’s just to take a lazy nap, or play Monopoly with the kids, make use of the PAUSE and get it done.
Plant a garden. Clean the gutters. Go through all those digital snaps you’ve taken that need naming.
You can even make a “pause list” of what you’d like to accomplish during this time.
Work furiously toward worthy goals, or do nothing at all. It’s your choice.
But whatever you do, do it with all your heart and mind, and make it a conscious choice.