Life in the time of Corona – Captain’s log: Day 187

Today is my niece’s birthday. On the one hand I was sad what I couldn’t celebrate with her this year, or with any of my other nieces and nephew, because I’m on this side of the world due to Corona.

On the other hand I could wake up to a picture of her holding her present, and we could send voice notes and video messages back and forth on the family chat. At the risk of repeating myself: Thank God for modern technology.

The reason I’m telling you all this, however is because of how cool that present is. Her parents took note of her interests and got her a super cool kids sewing machine for her birthday. I wish I was there to check it out and maybe help her thread it the first couple of times, because on excited to share my hobby with her.

Maybe she will be the new name on fashion design. Maybe she will revolutionise the way we do things forever. Maybe she’ll develop further interests or maybe she will not, and that’s OK. Perhaps it will be a phase or maybe a life long hobby.

The important thing is to do something that makes you happy and to explore your possibilities.

In this lockdown time, I realised once again how lucky I am to have many interesting hobbies that keep me occupied, especially in the times when I don’t get to see my friends as often as I’d like. Although I’ve been sewing for many years, on and off, I still enjoy the thrill of starting and finishing a new project. I enjoy the challenges of learning new techniques, and I enjoy working with pretty and interesting materials and tools.

Be kind. Stay safe.

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