The Privilege of Boredom

Just like most of the world right now, the pandemic has had my city in quarantine for weeks. Unlike most of my boardmates, I didn’t go back to my hometown in such short notice. The announcement was so sudden; I was sure the rates would be too expensive for me and the flights overbooked. I opted to stay in, along with one roommate of mine. All of the eateries and food places around my boarding house are closed because of the quarantine. Luckily, my landlady provides us our daily meals in the meantime for free, the university food service remained open, and I also did some groceries before all of this began.

Needless to say, I doubt any of us are enjoying this right now. I am worried about my folks at home, especially my parents and grandparents. I can only hope that they’re doing their best to look out for their health and hygiene at a time like this and that none of the outsiders bring them trouble.

When the quarantine first started, we originally had our classes online, but eventually, classes stopped. I have no idea how the schedule changes. I also haven’t been attending classes before that (I planned to go for a leave), so I’m not quite sure whether it’s a good or a bad thing for me.

The days are blending into each other, and I’m mostly bored out of my mind not knowing what to do for the day. These days, I mostly spend my day watching series, movies, reading, playing video games, or just mindlessly scrolling the internet. Funnily enough, I don’t really feel the need to be productive during this time. There’s just a small percentage of my brain saying that I should find something fun and productive to do, but that’s just some 5% and nothing more. I could have bought that watercolor set or crochet set I wanted to buy last month, but I didn’t. Not that I particularly regret that. I know that if I go back to that store, I am going to hesitate again. That’s just the way I am.

Maybe I can find something to do in the remaining weeks. One thing I do know is that once the quarantine ends, I’m going to get one of my favorite drinks A.S.A.P.! — matcha latte.

I hope you are all staying healthy and safe in your homes!

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