Last Friday was my last day of school and I will not start up again until October. So, what do you do with all this free time? Relax, have fun, and do some things you haven’t gotten around to. In my case, I had been very tired, so I started off with a few days of low-key chill out at my school: I spent some time listening to John Mayer concerts on YouTube while drawing some new character designs for my books. I took little walks by a patch of thistles to count all the different butterfly species, watched some musicals, or simply took long naps. A few days later, I was refreshed enough to pack up and drive home for a few weeks. I got to my parent’s house yesterday and went with my dad to look for the Neowise comet at night. We only saw the faintest outlines of it, but I could tell it was there! And today, I watered my parent’s garden.
All of this can be summarized as going “back to the drawing board”. I have time to rethink things, rest, catch up, dream, and get ready for whatever lies ahead. I know many people don’t have the luxury of going on vacation this year and many people around the world never can afford to take time off. But even if you can’t go anywhere, I’d encourage you to try and take mini-breaks, even if it’s just a walk or some time around a camp fire. Take time to go back to your drawing board. This Covid-19 crisis has made us slow down, and as hard as everything is, maybe that’s not all bad. I’m not saying it’s great, but maybe we can use this time to go back to the drawing board: Who do we want to be? How do we want to relate to each other? How do we as individuals and as a society deal with race, religion, the environment or social injustice? We are not all illustrators or professional artists. But to some extent we can all draw our lives, or at least do our part in it.