COVID-19 has had a huge impact on our lives and many have felt the isolation and social distancing extremely difficulty and stressful. After the shock of restrictions and having to stay at home, we all went into a frenzy to find ways to fill our time productively and then after a month or so, we are now starting to find that enthusiasm starting to wane.
The rise and fall of our enthusiasm is a little like the spread of the virus really. There was the sharp upward curve when it first hit and the number of new cases rose rapidly each day. I liken this to our enthusiasm to stay busy and find creative ways to occupy our time at home. Like many I wrote a post with 10 Hobbies to try during COVID-19. This was followed by a flattening of the curve as less new cases were reported. Much like our enthusiasm for home projects – we started to flatten the curve of enthusiasm. When mine started to wane I asked the question: How are you nourishing your soul during COVID-19?
I even found a term through Facebook for this: Coronoacoaster!
This is history
However, these are unusual times, no I refuse to use the word ‘unprecedented’, but unusual times to say the least. Most of us have not experienced anything like this before and I’ve been thinking that it is the perfect opportunity to document our personal experiences during the reign of COVID-19.
This week, through the media I’ve heard of a couple of initiatives to record this moment in time. I’ve listed them below along with some other ideas you might like to use.
Create your personal time capsule during COVID-19
Write it down
Keeping a journal or writing our thoughts on life during the pandemic is a good way to capture and preserve this event in relation to our own personal experiences. It may even be a cathartic experience.
Recently, my cousin sent me some letters my mother had written to her back in the 60s when I was a child and also some my grandmother had written to my mother during her stay in hospital after my brother was born in 1950. It was a wonderful snapshot of life at that time, as the topics my mother and grandmother had written were not only personal but usually about normal life.
These letters would not mean much to those who didn’t know my mother or grandmother but to me they are treasures. My grandmother died the year before I was born and my Mum died back in 1986. When I read these letters, I feel close to them and am transported back in time. I’ve even learned some things I never knew that were happening in my family at the time.
Dear Australia Letter
Australia Post, want to mark this moment in our nation’s history and have created a national letterbox where, from now until 18 August, you can write a letter to share your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are working with the National Archives of Australia, where eligible Dear Australia letters will be kept for future generations. This will enable all Australians to record their impressions of this remarkable time.
Visual memories and thoughts
Make a video recording or take photographs of what you were doing during isolation. What brought you joy? What was life like? What didn’t you like? My friend, Lesley, has been posting photos of her 80 year old parents as ‘episodes’ on Facebook called ‘“What 80 year olds get up to in lockdown”
It is a lovely way to connect with her parents who live on the other side of the world. Her parents have also rallied to the challenge of finding fun ways to live with isolation. For example, her Mum has ‘taken to dressing up to do the housework’ and there is a photo of Lesley’s Mum vacuuming and wearing a tiara! These photos will be treasured.
Bridging the Distance – The National Museum
The National Museum is inviting Australians to share their experiences, stories, reflections and images of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bridging the Distance — Sharing our COVID-19 Pandemic Experiences is a national conversation about an event which is already a defining moment in our nation’s history.
Share your story on our Bridging the Distance Facebook page.
Many have started or revisited a craft. This could be a project to combine your love of craft and history. A member of the Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond Facebook Group, Marilyn, has been enjoying her love of sewing and setting the goal of creating a new project each week. Marilyn shared her work in the group with the following caption:
Have kept myself busy in my sewing room. Here’s a photo of some of my finished items a few managed to find new homes before I took a photo. My son reckons I have enough fabric that i could keep myself busy in isolation for about 6 years😂😂 . I’m going to mix it up a bit over the next few weeks with some cardmaking and planting up a few more fairy gardens.
Queensland Quarantine Quilt
The Queensland Spinners , Weavers and Fibre Artists are encouraging contributions for their ‘Queensland Quarantine Quilt’. The theme is Quarantine Time Capsule and contributors are encouraged to:
Make a piece to depict a snapshot of your time in quarantine. What made you happy? What gave you joy? Use your brightest, boldest fibre, yarn, and thread, dig through your stash and find some treasure
Creating your own time capsule during COVID-19
There are many ways to capture this moment – our feelings, thoughts, how life changed. By creating a personal time capsule you are creating your own personal history about an event that affected the world and not just your own personal world.
It would be interesting for future generations and also for us all to look back and revisit when life returns to some sense of normality.