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Quarantine DIY

The definition of quarantine as a verb is to impose isolation on a person, place, or thing. This is not natural for us as people because we are created to be social and productive, so this time can be particularly difficult for us adults who are either laid-off from our jobs or out of work. I've spent the past two weeks myself taking care of a whole list of tasks that I have been putting off, but this can also be a time to take on a new hobby.

There are many people that are learning a new instrument, getting creative with crafts of projects, or even learning to cook. A recent poll of thousands of adults said that nearly 60% of them are learning a new hobby during the COVID-19 outbreak. We know that steaming services like Netflix and Prime Video are being bombarded with new subscribers every week, but movies and shows are ultimately just a waste of our time for entertainment sake. But taking the time to commit or even just trying to pickup a new skill can transform into something potentially life altering.

In fact, that's how many people get their start in taxidermy by mounting their own deer, turkey, or other project. And hey, there is no better time to do that than now if you're at home with nothing to do. Most taxidermy supply companies are still operating at some capacity, and today with all of the online resources from Youtube, to specific websites, you can easily get the basics of taxidermy.

Maybe that's just not for you though or it turns out you're already a taxidermist. If that's the case then pick up an instrument and learn it. Everyone loves some type of music, it's pretty much ingrained in us from birth. There are over 1,500 playable instruments and that number is growing every year. Find something that suits your musical taste, buy it, research learning sites, and play the thing. You might never master it or even be any good after months or years of playing, but give it try. Take it from a musician, you won't ever regret it.

Or last but not least, COOK! I know, I know, "I already do enough cooking," or, "My wife does all the cooking in our household." Neither of those are reasonable excuses for not trying something new. If it's part of your nightly routine then start getting creative with your meals. If this crazy mess continues any longer we might be forced to get creative out of necessity. And guys, if cooking is not your thing that's fine, but that doesn't mean you can't give your wife a break every once-in-awhile. Fire that grill up, it's finally getting nice outside, so just follow that age old formula of fire + meat = awesome food!

Whatever you choose to do, do something. Don't let another day just pass you by. There are 84,600 seconds in a day so use them to grow mentally, spiritually, and in your abilities. Take this acronym as a opportunity, Do-It-Yourself!


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