Finding New Ways to Have Fun During the Pandemic

Greetings readers,

Welcome back to the blog!

When it was just a few weeks past, since the COVID-19 pandemic was first declared back in March of 2020, I posted a blog on how I tried to keep busy while staying at home, during the first wave of the pandemic. Now, it’s 18 months later, and currently in where I live, we’re officially in the fourth wave of this pandemic, that still shows no signs of leaving us, unfortunately. It’s been a long year and half, exhausting and frustrating, to say the least. But, not all of it has been terrible. So in today’s blog, I’m here to share with you, some of the fun things I did or tried to do for the first time during the pandemic.

This first thing I did isn’t anything new though. A few years back, I was gifted an adult colouring book, as it was trendy back then. When I first got the book, I did colour a few pages, since then, it’s just been left in the drawer, along with my colouring materials. But during the pandemic, I dug the book out of the drawer once again, and did a few more pages. It’s been fun doing it, and sometimes, it’s a helpful tool to distract me from thinking about things I really shouldn’t be thinking about.

[Image Description: an image collage of four photos- two colouring pages: a bird and a heart; a lego (pineapple) pencil holder and small item holder; unidragon figured wooden puzzle: alluring fox].
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Did you play with Lego or puzzle when you were a kid? Do you still play with them even as an adult? To be honest, I didn’t really play with Lego or puzzle when I was young, not even when I got older. A part of that’s because, puzzles and Lego are small, and I am visually impaired. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to complete a puzzle or Lego all by myself. Or so I thought, but guess what, that’s changed— I took on “the challenge” and completed a puzzle and Lego all by myself, without help! Needless to say, I’m pretty proud of myself that I did it. As a visually impaired person, I have often avoided small toys, because I could lose them easily, then, I’d have a great deal of trouble finding them again. Although, I don’t think I’ll ever be able to complete a bigger (like a one thousand pieces puzzle or Lego with thousands of pieces), but at the very least, I know can still do smaller, and simpler ones— which are just as fun!

Do you know that gemstones or crystals have meanings and powers? For a long time, I just liked looking at different gemstones and crystals, I think they are pretty to look at. But, what I didn’t know was, that they actually have meanings and even usage. In the past couple of months, I’ve been learning the meanings and usage behind different kind of gemstones, especially those I like and are meaningful to me. I also carefully studied the power of different crystals to help with with mental healing through positive energies from the crystals. I currently own a very small collection of gemstone tumblers, as well as some jewelries. You could say, this has become one of my new hobbies developed during the pandemic.

[Image Description: an image collage of three photos- two colouring pages, one is a fox, the other is a castle and trees on top of a giant mushroom; another image is a small selection of gemstone tumbler and gemstone jewelries].
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Do you play any musical instruments? Throughout my lifetime, I learned to play multiple musical instruments, but I won’t say I’m really good at any of them. For me, perfection or becoming a professional isn’t the end goal. The goal is simply to have fun. That’s why, during the pandemic, I picked up another new musical instrument to learn. I’m learning the ocarina- for those that don’t know, ocarina is a ceramic flute, so it is a woodwind instrument. The ocarina, as far as I know, is a relatively easy musical instrument to learn, but it’s hard to master it. And what’s important is that, it’s also not an expensive instrument to learn, at least for beginners. So thankfully, I didn’t have to break the bank to learn a new instrument!

[Image Description: a photo of my three ocarinas: Sumi (black & white), Aria (black & red), Air (Green) from STL Ocarina].
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Here we are at the end of today’s blog. At last, I’m interested to know— did you do anything fun, or something new during the pandemic? If you’re willing, share that with us! Because none of us really know when this pandemic will really end. And, that’s not really something we get to decide or have control over, it is a global pandemic after all. But, this is not to say that we don’t have any control at all, because we could still decide how we’ll make use of our time wisely during this truly unprecedented time. And because of it, maybe it’s time to do something new or something fun. But most importantly, whatever you do, make sure to keep safety in mind, of course.

By: The Invisible Vision Project

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