Every year at Staff Training, we read a composition that I have always found to be descriptive of the Moondance community. This composition is actually a letter, titled the “Bon Vivant Manifesto”, written by former leader Davis Cowles to Wick Bushong, a member of Moondance HQ!
In this letter, Davis explains that we are the types of people who love to explore the world and experience life to its greatest extent. Davis concludes the letter by writing “We are the livers of life. Care to join us?” Recently, as the days go by and more and more fragments of our typical lives are shut down or closed, I have been trying to wrap my mind around just how I can live a life that I am proud of and how to take advantage of every day.
In times like these, you too might find yourself wondering how we can live our lives to the fullest extent while staying six feet apart from our friends. I have seen a lot of articles, be it on Facebook or other social media platforms, with headlines along the lines of “How to Pass the Time while Being Stuck at Home”. But, I’m here to offer an alternative line of thinking: “How to Take Advantage of your Time”.
One thing that I’ve tried to do while at home is to learn. To me, this is the most valuable thing that I can do while I have all of this free time. Over the past week, I have been taking the time to read as much possible, whether it be about the stock market or about how to make the best chocolate chip cookies ever.
A current trend has been for businesses and other organizations to offer online resources for learning. Currently, there are roughly 450 Ivy League courses that can be taken for free. I think I am going to take one titled “Cities: The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life” from Harvard University! Over this past weekend I took a virtual tour of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. Needless to say, the tour was fantastic and I definitely expanded my horizons and learned about things that I otherwise would not have.
Another great thing to do during this unprecedented time, is to check in with people that you have not seen or heard from in a long time. Over the past week or so I have tried to call or catch up with at least one person that I call a friend who I haven’t been in contact with lately. As someone who relies and thrives on personal relationships, I have found this to be extremely rewarding, and as someone who just recently graduated from college, I no longer get to see all of my friends on a daily basis like I used to.
Although it may not feel like it these days, I truly believe that we still have the availability to live our lives to the fullest and to continue charging into the metaphorical darkness of the unknown as we continue to expand our minds and find comfort in the fact that we are still “the livers of life.” Care to join us?
– Garrett Lucey, Moondance HQ
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