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Day #18: Friday, April 3, 2020

The most peaceful three weeks of my life

April 4, 2020


Paul Proteau

Paul Proteau relaxes during quarantine by reconnecting with his bass guitar.

It’s not awful, it’s not ideal, but it most certainly could be worse. It’s crazy to think about, but I remember in early 2020 we turned COVID-19 into a meme and now we are living an unprecedented reality. 

At the end of the second week of e-learning, I’m doing all right. I’m not completely bored… yet. It’s been the most peaceful three weeks of my life. 

I woke up at about 9ish and got dressed, my favorite long sleeve tee and my favorite joggers. Right off the bat I got into my e-learning. I know a lot of people who do it at night, but I like to speed through it during the day as much as possible. I popped in my earbuds and went straight to work. I think the only significant thing about it is I discovered what might just be my album of 2020. It’s by a cool underground R&B artist named Brakense. He just dropped his new album punk2 (highly recommend checking it out). Work was an easy load, with no major problems.

Afterward, I debated going out for a run, but absolutely wasn’t feeling it today, so I decided against it. Running is what I’ve done most of my days. I miss track (especially my teammates) and my guess right now is that the rest of the season isn’t going to happen. Luckily, I am a sophomore and I have plenty more miles to kill in the next two years. I just feel bad for my senior friends who will not have their senior season. 

I spent the rest of the day just chilling out. The weather was beautiful and I took advantage of it. I chilled out and sat in my backyard and played some bass guitar. With all the free time that’s been given to me, I’m able to reconnect with a hobby that has become less relevant to me over the years.

Around 6:30ish, I helped my dad make dinner, a nice plate of chicken parmesan and some mostaccioli. I ate it quickly. Following dinner, I FaceTimed a lot of my friends to catch up and give each other company.

As the night was concluding I checked live stats on the coronavirus. I couldn’t help but be struck with a sense of grief when I found out that over 1,300 Americans today lost their lives to the virus. It’s a grim reminder on the importance of social distancing and doing your part in being responsible. I’ve been very fortunate to have good health and to have my loved ones and other people I care about to be in good health.

I want to close this entry with a message to do your part for your neighbor, for your country, and for your fellow man to be smart and responsible during these truly crazy times.

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