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Now You Know What I Did This Summer

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INFLUENCER: LP/AD's Rinita Barua on the ability to do various activities from the comfort of your own home without the need to step outside
Now You Know What I Did This Summer

With all the scary and unfortunate happenings going on in the world right now, it’s pretty tough to find the energy to engage in normal everyday activities. With the horrific crisis in Yemen, a worldwide virus taking the lives of many, and the BLM protests that are fighting to save the lives of many, it’s hard to find the mental capacity to think of anything else. It took a bit of time, but I’ve surprisingly come to find a sort of escape in doing normal everyday things, even some that others may see as errands. 

What have I been actually doing during all of this? Glad you asked. Well, pretty normal things actually. While I’m continuing to work full-time from home, I’ve found the time to take up gardening and planted some flowers around my yard. I also planted some fruit trees, because why not. I’ve been selling whatever I’ve grown and eating them as well, so it’s turned out to be very purposeful. It’s also quite therapeutic actually. Considering I’m spending a lot of time at home now, I’ve also been doing some minimal landscaping work and spruced up my front and back yard. Now I can hang outside and enjoy the nice weather without random weeds and shrubs ruining the vibe. 

On top of spending my money on donations and UberEats, I’ve also been doing a lot of shopping and have been buying some cool outfits for myself and knick-knacks to put around the house and in my yard. I know most people are probably saving their money right now and not spending as much, but hey if I’m going to be cooped up in this place I might as well like what I’m looking at. It also helps that I’m making some extra cash by selling the random things that I find and catch. You’d be surprised what people would pay for. 

As for relationships; while we’ve reduced our time spent together, my boyfriend and I have been keeping the romance alive by going on some cute dates. Frolicking around in nature, chasing butterflies and catching fish - you know, the usual. We can’t exactly go to the movies or out to dinner at a restaurant so, we’re making do with what we’ve got. We also went to a friend’s birthday party, and it was really nice to see everyone together in one place after being away from each other for so long. We celebrated outdoors on a private land and explored around a bit by the beach and caught up with each other. 

The most surprising activity I’ve done so far during all of this, is probably attending a concert, believe it or not! Yes, they do still exist. Wasn’t expecting to attend a Steve Aoki and Deadmau5 concert this summer with everything that’s going on, but it happened. I went alone so, I facetimed my boyfriend, so he could enjoy it with me. There were a bunch of random people jumping off trampolines and riding quads, so I jumped off trampolines and rode quads. It was awesome. It was probably the shortest concert I’ve ever been to, but it was still an interesting one.

I guess you can say I’ve been pretty busy with activities and have not really been missing out on much. Sure, the quarantine order made it a little harder to do these things, but it was all still possible. If it wasn’t already obvious, I did all of these activities online from the comfort of my bed while in my PJs. Yes, even the gardening. Thank you, Animal Crossing and Fortnite – I couldn’t have done this without you. But seriously, while this year has been a horrible one at best, I’m glad that we have ways to still do every day normal things in not so normal ways. If you’re feeling in need of a little escape, I would highly recommend getting yourself a Nintendo Switch and downloading Animal Crossing. I know we all dream of creating our own perfect world away from all the evil, well, here you actually can. You may lose hours of your day to it, but it’s so worth it. No, this isn’t an ad, I’m just really grateful for that game. 

While you’re continuing to educate yourself, signing petitions, and donating to bail funds and to save the hungry children of Yemen, remember that it’s okay to take a little break for your mental health. I’m sure all of our anxieties are through the roof, so try to do the things that make you happy and calm, whether it’s real gardening or virtual gardening. Maybe next week I’ll try visiting Saturn or something, who knows. Until next time, stay sane, and remember to check your turnips. 


Rinita Barua is a copywriter at LP/AD

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LP/AD, Fri, 03 Jul 2020 10:46:45 GMT