“Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity”- Robert. M.Pirsig
I realized the truth of this quote in the last few days. Ever since the lockdown started, my social media timeline has been flooded with creative works by my friends, family, acquaintances, and their kids. I never knew that there were so many creative people around. I discover the accountant on my friend’s list is a great harmonica player, the engineer is a great singer, the Vice President of a retail chain is a painter, the Scientist is a good baker and the Business Manager is an amazing sculptor.
I am especially impressed with the kids. They have got a free run and their creativity is oozing out. The parents are exhausted without maids and work from home. They are having to juggle work from home, along with dusting, sweeping, mopping, cooking, cleaning dishes, laundry, ironing, and home-schooling. They have thus given a ‘ja Simran ja, jee le apni zindagi‘ to the kids and the kids are just loving it. They are doing whatever they want to do. I see young painters, singers, poets, fiction writers, baker, dancer, and chef emerge out of these tiny ones.
There are also a few parents who are consciously using this time to teach the kids something new. Many parents do not get enough time to spend with their kids due to their hectic schedule so now they are trying to compensate that. They are teaching their kids to cook, bake, paint et.al.
I started teaching my son cooking. He is an outdoor kid and I knew keeping him indoors would be a challenge. Therefore, I started to teach him how to cook. He loves cooking. Then he came up with the idea to shoot the cooking steps. He downloaded an editing app and created his YouTube Cooking Channel. Thankfully, he is no more getting bored, his whole day is spent cooking, shooting, editing and uploading. I must say, he is doing a great job and I am quite impressed with his editing skills. Never knew he had this talent.
All of us always complained that our lives are so hectic and we hardly have time to do anything for ourselves. Universe probably heard it. Boom!! came this virus and now we do not know what to do with our time. So all of us unleashed our creative self and masterpieces are coming out. We are doing things we have always been passionate about but never got the time to pursue due to our job, travel, housework, etc.
A small trivia: It’s long been thought that Shakespeare turned to poetry when the plague closed the theaters in 1593. That’s when he published his popular narrative poem, Venus and Adonis, in which the goddess begs a kiss from a beautiful boy, “to drive infection from the dangerous year,” for, she claims, “the plague is banished by thy breath.” Love poetry, it seems, could be spurred by the plague, and—the seductive fantasy runs—even cure it. But Shapiro suggests that another closure of theaters, in 1606, allowed Shakespeare, an actor, and shareholder in The King’s Men, to get a lot of dramatic writing done, meeting the demand for new plays in a busy holiday season at court. According to Shapiro, he churned out King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra that year.
Therefore, take this quarantine period in your stride and do something that you always wanted to do. Finish the book that you always wanted to read, take out the crayons, cook a storm, use YouTube to learn to play an instrument, finish writing the book you wanted to write, sing, dance and after the Lockdown emerge as a better person. And fellow bloggers let us blog to our heart’s content and finish writing those posts that we never had enough time to finish.