It’s eerie how well it fits the description.
A double-edged sword is
something that can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences.
I think we can all agree that quarantine fits this definition like a glove.
On the one hand, quarantine has kept me inside for 95% of the day. Except for my daily run, bike, or swim, I’m cooped up and constantly searching for a way to pass the time.
No movie theaters. No eating out. And no watching sports with friends. From this perspective, quarantine has mainly unfavorable consequences.
However, as the metaphor goes, quarantine also has some incredibly favorable benefits. The most obvious of which is that it helps keep the world’s population healthy and fight off the global pandemic. That’s a pretty darn good one.
But on a more personal level, quarantine gave me the time and energy to focus on myself.
What do I want my life to look like in the next 5 years?
Do I love my job?
What can I do about it now while I have the extra time?
Once my workday ended and my workout was complete, I found myself bored and looking for something to do.
And as we all know, you can only watch so much Netflix.
I was desperate for an outlet—something to fill the void previously occupied by activities outside of my house.
When this all started, I was just in search of a way to kill time until this “quarantine thing” ended. I thought life would be back to normal in a couple weeks.
Boy, was I wrong.
Nonetheless, that naivety pushed me to search for a new way to pass the time. It forced me to take a step back and direct what I want my life to look like.
Tired of Netflix, I decided to start sharing my thoughts, experiences, and goals online. And what better way to get started than with a writing challenge.
The image was taken by the author: The sticky note I put on my mirror to track my 30-day writing challenge. I ended up going an extra 10 days.
I’d written online before, but never like I was about to experience.
As I casually browsed best-practices to get started, I stumbled upon countless authors preaching about how a 30-day writing challenge jumpstarted their success.
“Well, what do I have to lose? There’s nothing better to do.”
And so, birthed by an opportunity quarantine created, my 30-day writing challenge officially began on May 5th.
Writing every day was uncomfortable and not easy. However, I came out of the other end better than I ever could have expected.
Quarantine created an opportunity to focus on me. Because of the added free time, I’ve successfully kickstarted my writing side-hustle. Not only have I garnered views and attention, but I've also impacted people on a personal level.
And the best part?
I've loved every single moment of it all.
It wasn’t always easy. And it definitely wasn’t always comfortable. But I’m incredibly thankful to quarantine for giving me the kick in the butt I needed to start sharing my story.
Just like those initial articles I read — my 30-day challenge jumpstarted my side hustle passion into what it is today.
My initial goal was just to make a little side money, but pretty soon I’ll be able to start paying my rent with income from Medium.
This challenge gave me a first taste of what’s possible when consistency is merged with perseverance.
Not only did I write every day for 30 days, but I went an extra 10 days and made it a 40-day challenge! And the results spoke for themselves.
While I’m not an incredibly successful writer yet, I have seen some pretty incredible results from simply writing everyday for a period of time.
I love writing and even though it’s still surreal, I’m actually making money doing what I love.
And I have one thing to thank for it all: