Updated: Apr 18
What have you done with all the extra time you've had over the last few weeks?
The announcement on 9 April of a further two week extension to the lock down in South Africa has gotten me thinking about the huge amount of extra time that some of us have on our hands and what we've done with that time so far. We're staring down the barrel of a further three weeks in confinement - will you use this time wisely?
time waits for no one
Many of us quite enjoyed the freedom of not getting up early in the morning, laying about all day and doing nothing - at least for the first few days. Some rest and relaxation was, indeed, in order following what was a rather disastrous, stressful start to 2020. A pattern has emerged, though, that those of us who are not working from home find themselves compelled to ignore the call to do something constructive and remain idle because, môre is nog 'n dag.
time is fleeting
We have three weeks to go. That's 21 days, 504 hours, 30 240 minutes.
Since 27 March 2020, the first day of lock down in SA, 336 hours have passed. During this period, worldwide, there have been 1 105 895 new Covid-19 infections and 73 456 deaths. That's a staggering 218 deaths per hour. What has the last 336 hours meant to you?
time is running out
Three weeks may sound like a long time but when you break it down into hours, and considering that you're asleep for an average of 168 of those, opportunities to use time wisely are running out.
You're probably reading this, raising an eyebrow and thinking, "So what, exactly, should I do with my time, then... huh??"
Well, for a start, put the snacks down because stress-eating is not the answer! Boredom can lead to all sorts of bad habits. After all, "idle hands are the devil's playground".
D.I.Y may well be off the cards thanks to hardware not being classed as essential, but this doesn't have to be the end of your constructive plans. There is a myriad of free online courses being offered internationally for a range of subjects which can aid you in your personal development. Yogis and other exercise instructors are offering online lessons so you can stay fit and keep your blood pumping. Why not take this time to learn a new language? Various online platforms offer lessons in almost every language to students at all levels and at prices that won't break the bank. Go on then, profiter du présent.
21 days. 504 hours. 30 240 minutes. #makeitcount
Chantelle is a passionate wildlife enthusiast, conservationist and English tutor. Speaking with people from nationalities all around the world has given her the perspective to realise that, as far as Covid-19 goes, Southern Africa is in a better position than most other countries.
This lock down is absolutely necessary.
It's about time we stand together, stop criticising and be constructive.