Think about it.
What if you died tomorrow? If you would have no more time to do the things you wanted to do. Whatever you achieved up until the 23:59 tonight, that’s it. That’s your life.
Would you be satisfied?
Oftentimes, we are lazy and procrastinate because we always count that tomorrow will come. This makes it easy to push your to-do list to the next day, or next week, or next month.
You’re not going to work on yourself now. You’re going to wait until the corona pandemic passes. This is your “time out”. A time to relax, unwind, and be lazy. You can always get in shape, or build habits, or work on your mindset later.
But… what if later never comes?
In the philosophy of stoicism, there is a notion called Memento Mori. It’s a Latin phrase meaning “remember that you will die”. But it’s not supposed to be a depression thought, quite the opposite. It’s supposed to be liberating.
As Marcus Aurelius wrote: “You could leave life right now.” So get off your ass!
Look, the pandemic sucks. It’s terrible. Workers are losing their jobs, the economy is crashing and people are dying. The entire world is on lockdown and nobody knows when this shit will pass.
However, I will be the one to say it: stop wasting your time.
I understand that this period is depressing. Maybe you’re working on the frontlines. Maybe you’re one of those directly affected. Maybe you’re just someone watching from afar, stuck in self-isolation and becoming insane inside your own four walls.
I get it. I really do. But that’s not an excuse.
Feel anxious? Keep yourself busy. Meditate. Call a therapist. Feeling bored? Create something. Read books. Take courses. Worried about the future? Start planning. Optimize your savings. Find a side-hustle.
Sitting and worrying and panicking is NOT going to help you. The situation is shitty for everybody. But instead of losing your mind trying to determine things that nobody can determine right now, focus on things you CAN do to prepare yourself.
Or do it tomorrow. That is… if tomorrow comes.
Read this: Motivational Letter to You