The Coronavirus has caused a difficult time for all of us, whether it’s due to our health and safety, mental well-being, or daily activities. However, there are still ways to get through this pandemic and make the most of it.
As we need to do our part and take safety precautions regarding the pandemic, going on short trips or walks (with masks on) are not bad ideas to reset your state of mind. Most people also have access to learning new hobbies, which can be done safely at home by using the Internet. Personally, while my school was on winter break, a hobby I took the time to learn was riding a bike.
Although most kids learn how to ride bikes before graduating elementary school, I only just recently learned how. While doing so, I was able to get a greater amount of physical activity, as well as learn a new skill. Learning how to ride a bike made me feel more productive due to the sense of joy of learning something new.
With my new ability, my brother, dad, and I planned several trips to go biking, as it was one of the safer activities we could do amidst the pandemic. From Malibu to Venice, the three of us would ride our bikes as a way to not only relieve piled up stress from school and the world’s situation in general, but also a pleasant method to spend quality family time together. Even though I had only become comfortable riding the bike recently and had little practice, my dad insisted we go, and so we went. Waking up somewhat early, at around 8:30 in the morning, my brother and I got ready, still half asleep, as our dad put our bikes on a carrier, ready to drive and show us the amazing trail beside the sea he had found. Upon arrival, I was sure that I would have several accidents, but the biking went much better than I had expected!
Although I did slow down my brother and dad a bit, it was overall an experience I am glad I took part in. It had been almost a full year since I had gone outside for that long, especially as a form of exercise, but the short trip was memorable and rewarding.
It has already become a new year, and although I am not making any unreal?stic resolutions, I hope everyone experiencing struggles can also go out once in a while. Compared to what everyone’s weekends and breaks could have been filled with, COVID-19 has definitely taken the best out of us. But as much as COVID took from us, let’s make the most of the current situation and find motivation by learning something new or by doing the things you enjoy.