76 Days of Self-Isolation Changed My Life
My hair is orange, and I’m doing Yoga now.
I was fascinated with prison life when I was a kid. What would I do? How would I survive? Would I read more and become the next Mandela? Or Hitler. Maybe Biggie?
I was influenced by prison stories during my upbringing. The Shaw Shank Redemption, anyone? Prison Break? The Night of? The OZ…
The life without physical freedom was never more than a fantasy I hoped never to fulfill. Unfortunately, my Coronavirus story began in January. I fled China in March only to experience crisis reruns in Europe.
I bleached my hair last night. And I doubled down on writing. I started doing Yoga. I’ve lost 20 pounds too (and I’m not happy about it).
Home is not a place anymore. Home is a feeling and a few things. I’ve got two suitcases, and a backpack I call home now.
I’ve adapted to the new lifestyle. Going outside is becoming as scary as the quarantine was scary in January. What will I do with all the people? Crazy, huh?
But it ain’t all that bad, I guess.
1. My physical image changed
I bleached my hair for the first time in my life last night after my girlfriend cut it with kitchen scissors. I’m orange now. And I love it. I’m unsure if spilled my marbles, or it actually looks nice. (I don’t look like Joe Exotic now.)
No one is really going to see me.
I’ve grew gross and oddly comfortable. I wore no underwear for days. Surprisingly, I felt no difference. But I’m not going to continue down that road. Mental note; wear pants today.
I’ve lost 20 pounds. I was never fat or overweight. I loved being active and exercise. But I ate only noodles and peanuts for a month in China. Them gainz melted away. The body prefers muscle over fat, I found out the hard way.
I’m recovering some weight, but it’s all fluff.
2. My financial outlook changed
I quit my office 10–8 in February. I didn’t like the place. I tried to make the most out of this crisis and double down on my passion projects. I was already writing at the time, and I loved it.
I spent less than $2000 in the past two months. Bizarrely, I’ve changed 5 countries across two continents during that time — isolation to isolation. (China, Cambodia, the UK, Germany, and Croatia.)
I’ve learned how to ration money. I’m still good with my savings. And I’m also earning money with my internet business.
The crisis made me realize how much I wasted over the years on stuff I don’t even care about.
Instead of buying a property, I’m building a diversified long-term stock portfolio now. (Maybe I’m genuinely crazy.)
I’ve started with Water stocks. Companies that deal with drinking water and technology to manage water waste are on the list. I’ve also gambled with Bitcoin and Etherium, hoping to hit the halving wave in mid-May. Every crisis is a financial opportunity somewhere, I guess.
3. Relationship refresh button
I lived in Xi’an before the disaster, and I was in a long-distance relationship. She lives in England, but we’re both Croatians by nationality.
I love her, and she loves me. Our relationship feels effortless. We do our best not to sabotage out time together. We support and respect each other. Three things are essential for a meaningful romantic relationship: Respect, Support, and Passion.
The biggest issue was the constant distance. And our schedules. We’re together in Croatia now. And we’re planning to live together from now on.
My friends and family are not so busy anymore. We talk every day. I talk to my mother every afternoon. And I talk to my childhood friends, some I haven’t heard in years.
4. Lift your but
I was borderline judgemental towards Yoga and similar stuff. I loved to meditate and hit the gym. Running was the way to clear the mind. Yoga seemed pretentious.
Guess what I’m doing the last two weeks every day? You got it, Yoga.
I love it to the point I’m ashamed. My girlfriend and I follow the app Down Dog (no affiliation) every morning. My back took a hit during quarantine as I’m constantly sitting or lying down.
We have a 20minute morning yoga followed by a short HIIT exercise, and I’m composed throughout the day.
I can’t visit the gym, and running outside was not the most attractive option. This crisis made me realize just how much you can accomplishe in one room, with no equipement.
5. Life-Long Education
I was not a good student in high school, but something changed with becoming a University student.
I discovered subjects I love and could apply in real life. Master’s degree was when difference was most evident. My point average was almost perfect. Sadly, I stopped learning ever since I graduated, and started working the real jobs.
I took a course in finance at the University of Yale, taught by Nobel laureate Robert Schiller. The course is free, and I always wanted to experience an Ivy League education.
The class and the style of teaching is not much different from other universities. Nothing spectacular, at least.
But I spare 30 minutes each day to listen to the lectures. And I love it. I feel like a student again. School is way different once you finish the expected formal education.
I hope online education will become a life long habit.
It ain’t that bad is my message. You can read it as the message from the future. Something happens when you fully accept the new state of stuff.
My perspectives and character changed, but I choose not to go in detail about it. I’d be highly subjective and noisy.
Nine billion people are affected by the crisis. And I guess everyone has a story. I’m sharing mine. My life has changed after 11 weeks of quarantine.
I’m blonde (orange) now. I’ve got a pass. Hair and mental state go hand in hand, somehow.
The crisis affected my physical image and financial outlook. I’ve connected with my family and friends. And I’m an University student again.