Nostalgic Activities To Keep You Busy Right Now
Andrew Parker - May 16, 2020


By Greta Zwaan

I sought for joy in peace, and rest to ease my weary mind,
Stressed out by such a heavy load, rest I just had to find.
My endurance could hold no more, my limits had been met,
I needed time to stand aside, sweet time to just forget.

But where to find the road to peace, an obscure trait to me;
My hectic lifestyle can't comprehend a way to set time free.
I've always rushed from A to B with no side glace allowed,
I had my life so well controlled; in truth, I felt quite proud.

No one could tell me what to do, I was a self-made man;
My schedules were controlled by me, I had a thorough plan.
'Twas good when all things went my way and no one interfered;
I had no one to answer to, my way was always cleared.

But years of this brought me no joy, though fortunes I'd amassed;
It seemed that all the things I owned would oh, so soon be past.
I had no friends that knew my plight, I kept myself at bay,
They all had troubles of their own; besides, what could they say?

They envied me with all my wealth, they never saw my pain,
I had life altogether, what more was there to gain?
But loneliness is terrible and emptiness is sad,
There seems no purpose for each day, no reason to be glad.

So now I wait; why? I don't know, but life for me must change.
There must be more than fortunes, a way to rearrange.
There has to be a purpose, and someone surely knows,
Why life is complicated, and days so full of woes.

Perhaps you have the answer, perhaps you know the route,
Perhaps you've traveled here before; if so, please help me out.
If need be, I'll be patient, I'll even take advice;
I'll gladly make the changes, no matter what the price.

I don't need independence, I've had my round of that;
I long for understanding, to know just where I'm at.
Someday I hope to thank you because you saw my need,
Perhaps with greater meaning, with purpose, not with greed.

I don't know how I got here, what lies ahead of me,
I'm grateful there'll be changes, I'm grateful to be free.

Even the most creative and resourceful people have had to think outside the box for new ways to spend their free time at home right now. On top of working from home, taking part in video chats with friends, and going to the grocery store, there are still 24 hours in a day that need to be spent in the best way possible.  Many of us have even been staying by our parents, which also means that it’s the ultimate time to get nostalgic, and find some hidden treasures from back in the day, reminding you of the hobbies you once loved. 

Not knowing how long we’re going to be stuck at home for also means the whole situation much harder, but by filling up your time with your childhood activities, you’re sure to get through this without suffering too much. So for starters, how about those Scoobie Doos? And no, we’re not talking about the cartoon dog, but those keychains you used to make with plastic strings, known by some as gimp. If this creative idea speaks to you, then you’ll surely be pleased to hear you can order the string on eBay.  But if you’re looking for a little more responsibility right now while at home, then how about raising a Tamagotchi once again? They are still available today in the cutest patterns and colors, and could really use your love. 

Making friendship bracelets are another hobby from the past that would surely make for a great past-time right now. Even if your bestie can’t physically be with you physically at the moment, taking part in some old habits can help bring you two closer.  And what about Hama beads? Remember all the incredible things you once made by placing beads on the pegs and then ironing them? From animals to cars and all kinds of crazy things, it was the ultimate way to unleash your creativity.  With all things being said, while scrolling through your Instagram feed endlessly and bingeing on Netflix is great – nostalgia always wins.