Doing Nothing; Everyone’s Answer to Quarantine

By: Madelyn Boorman

It’s been a little over two weeks since we’ve been out of school, normal school, and everyone is feeling down. We sit at the computer and watch our teachers, maybe we ask a few questions here and there, but nothing really cheers us up.

Fortunately, unbeknownst to some of us, there is an entire world beyond the screen. There are books, games, sports, music, cooking, baking, art, and more; yet, in the previous weeks, they have all been replaced with video games and movies, activities that mainly include sitting on the couch. Granted, most of us are sitting on the couch when we do our work, but there are other things in life!

For most of us, though, life has been in the same order every day: wake up, eat breakfast, brush teeth, get dressed, go to school, do homework, do nothing, eat dinner, take a shower, do more nothing, go to sleep. Maybe your shower is at a different time, but the only things that happen more than once are eating, which is of course necessary, and doing nothing, which is a recipe for boredom.

You might just be doing nothing because you don’t know what to do, and that is an easily fixed problem. Since eating is necessary: cook! Your parents would definitely appreciate it if you helped make dinner, and you might just pick up a few tricks along the way. If you’re not good at cooking or you don’t like it, no biggy! Get out a good book and read to your heart’s content! You might even earn some new vocabulary under your belt. Not a fan of reading, either? Not to worry! Just whip out the mixer and bake. Free dessert for you! There’s thousands of things to do, and everyone’s stuck doing one: nothing.

We all know it’s hard not being able to go out of the house, but doing nothing just isn’t an answer. There’s always something to do, whether it’s cook, clean, or even do homework. Do something, and you might even find something you love. Do nothing, and you’ll get nowhere.

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