What To Do When There’s Nothing To Do

Before I start, I just want to say this isn’t about the pandemic (I think everyone has had enough of that topic). As a recent college graduate, this has been my first full year of being an “adult,” with a grown up job and responsibilities – you know, the exciting stuff. I’m sure anyone will agree that making that transition is an exciting, yet daunting task. I have structure in my life, a job I enjoy at a company that I adore, but on the other hand, there is a limitation to my freedom that comes with any job, and I’ll never really know where I’ll be five years from now.

The thing I loved most about my pre-adult life was most definitely my travels. In 2017, I managed to backpack Europe twice, and in 2019, I tackled South East Asia with two of my best friends. The trips were amazing but something I took for granted were the hours of planning and the days/months leading up to the trip. 

I’m not sure what it is about humans, but the way we react when we have something to look forward to is almost a high in itself. My pre-Asia group chat was one of the most exhilarating things about the trip. All the pictures of things we were going to do and places we would see, and the food we would eat. Nothing makes time move faster than excitement. 

So, in this new phase of life with full work weeks and only so many days off a year, how do you get that rush again? I think I could have gotten by with concerts, festivals, and weekend getaways to the lake, but it’s 2020 and everything I wanted to do was cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Now we really have to get creative don’t we… It’s a little too early to get excited about Christmas, so I’ve taken the last couple months to identify some priorities in my life, big and small, and here is what I have been working on: 

  • Saving for my first home (big)
  • Running (small)
  • Reading (small to most, but big to me as I’m not a very avid reader) 
  • Stop saying no (massive) 

What went from an indoor isolation meltdown has turned into planning more adventures, just a little differently than before. Running a few times a week may be mindless, but the more I do it, the better my pace gets and the better I feel. The more I save, the more my imagination runs on what my first home may look like. The more books and articles I read, the more I learn, and the more my perspective changes. When I receive a text saying, “Hey let’s go for a bike ride,” or, “Let’s grab a drink,” I say YES, creating more memories than if I just stayed home. 

During these strange times, I hope you stay excited about the future and its endless possibilities no matter what stage of life you may be at.

-Owen

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