In this uncertain climate where we don't know what's next, or how long lockdown or isolation timeframes are going to be, or when they're going to be back again; it's best to turn our attention to home and making it our sanctuary. Live with purposes and ban the word 'bored' from your vocabulary. In fact, that should be the measure of our success within our families. When the word bored is eradicated, it's validation that says every mind has been motivated and inspired to find pleasure and treasures in life and living.
Personally, it's a word I've never understood and have never suffered. There's so much to engage with in life, even in stringent conditions. Freeing yourself from that mindset frees you from the most mundane of jobs and allows you to engage with purpose, consciousness and pride in even the smallest of achievements. It keeps your mind crackling with ideas for the next project and allows you to move with joy and stay focused on all that you do.
Stay strong in ISO and stay committed to doing the right thing for everyone's sakes. Having a great library and resources is like having a vault filled with treasures that don't cost a fortune. Take advantage of everything being online and join libraries that run some amazing events that may be outside your area. For me, Stonnington Library is my go-to! It's where I'm continuing to learn German which I studied for a couple of years, four years ago. Mango languages are free with your library card. I look over Spanish and Italian and would love to jump on to those as well, but one thing at a time I say.
Having lots of German, Swedish and Dutch friends, I can kind of understand why Europeans speak so many languages; as there are so many similar words in their vocabulary, they seem to pick up another language with ease. I love languages and speak 3 of them fluently (read and write 2 of the 3) but am always hungry for more. It's also a good way to absorb time and achieve another skill set. Films are another passion of mine and libraries again have so many films you can borrow via Kanopy and Beama to name a couple I've mentioned in previous articles. It's why I joined Port Phillip's library; just to access one of the (film) sites.
ISO doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, it's kind of cheaper as you're not out and about spending money, provided you don't have a trigger finger on online shopping. Online shows and gigs and events are generally free or minimal compared to if you were sitting and watching it at Hamer Hall or at any other venue. In fact, it saddens me that artists are having to charge such minimal amounts for an online event as opposed to a live event they'd be performing at. On that note, generosity is a good trait to have as in helping others, you could be helping yourself as well. There are many out there crying out for donations and support that could do with your help, so give generously from what you're not spending at the moment to uplift others.
For now, think about Laughter to help maintain a happy disposition. The Library is running a free (must register) event on Exploring the Power of Laughter on Mon 17 Aug from 6.30-8pm. For a FULL LIST of events at Stonnington Library & Info Svce, SEE HERE, and find information to posters in the article on the Library's Facebook page. They have left no kid behind with lots of KIDS ACTIVITIES online and access to the Britannica Library for homework questions.