I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 27th 2020
Go Back, Not forward
Stuck at home with nothing to do, well, it doesn't have to be. Instead of looking to the future, look to the past.
Resurrect old hobbies. Did you have any childhood hobbies? Stamp collecting, coin collecting, or collecting other things. Dig out your old stamp album and relive the excitement of getting an overseas stamp. Just don't get depressed about how little it used to be to post a letter.
Writing. Ever fancied being an author? Writing that novel that is said to be in every person. That may be a little optimistic but there are many other avenues to kick-start your writing career. Short stories, from 1000 to 3000 words. Try your hand at poetry. A sonnet only requires fourteen lines.
Family tree. Ever wonder where you came from? I don't mean the birds and bee's version, but the history of your parents, grandparents and further back. The search for and recording your forebears is called genealogy and be warned, it is easy to become obsessed with such a project.
You can simply start by recording details of your immediate family and work backwards. This can have the advantage of renewing contact with relatives who you only see at weddings and funerals, which are not now available to the masses.
Reading. A pleasant way of passing time. Libraries are closed but almost every house has some form of a library, ranging from a few books to perhaps hundreds. Start re-reading ones from the past. If you are like me, you have forgotten 'whodunit' so the ending will still be a surprise.
Games. Dig out those old board games, such as monopoly, checkers, or even chess and scrabble. Half the fun will be explaining to children what they are. And don't forget the time-consuming jig-saw puzzles with several missing pieces.
Music. We all think that the music of our youth is the only music worth listening to. Well, re-live your youth via U-tube. You will be amazed at what can be found in your favourite era. I can personally confirm that many hours can be spent on such activities.
Internet. Anything that you are interested in can be accessed on the internet. Be it trains, planes or automobiles and almost every activity known to mankind can be found there. Even everything known to womankind is also available. These activities can give you hours of entertainment.
Your computer can give you many hours or even days to re-connect to things of the past.