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Dear Quarantine Hobbies

Hey Quarantine Hobbies, it’s me, your dedicated but forgetful partner. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Maybe this past week is the first time I’ve picked up my ukulele in four months and maybe I’m still on page 18 of El Gran Gatsby, but hey, I’ve been busy. That novel that’s not even close to being written? I’ve been thinking about it nonstop. Be rest assured Quarantine Hobbies I’m still committed.


Okay, so maybe you can tell that I’ve been really negligent in keeping up with my Quarantine Hobbies. The thought hasn’t crossed my mind in months, but when my Spanish professor asked last week if I play an instrument and I said the ukulele, I couldn’t help feeling just a little bit guilty. During quarantine, I ordered a $20 ukulele from Walmart, determined to learn and upgrade to a real solid wood one by March 2021. Newsflash! That didn’t happen. Instead, it’s sat dusty in the corner of my

room at school since January. Even over winter break when I didn’t have the excuse of homework, I only played a handful of times. Truth be told, I probably wouldn’t be playing now or even writing this article about Quarantine Hobbies if my Spanish professor hadn’t taken her question a step further and asked me to perform for the class by the end of the semester. What was I supposed to do, say no? Or even worse, show up and play a mediocre rendition of “Sign of the Times?” No, the only clear option is to pick up this old Quarantine Hobby and blow off my Spanish class’s calcetines.

My re-discovery of the ukulele did get me thinking about Quarantine Hobbies. I surely wasn’t the only one who started something only to dump it the second we were allowed back outside. Curious, I took to Instagram with a three question poll all about Quarantine Hobbies.

50% took up a Quarantine Hobby while 50% didn’t.

For the first question, I asked my followers if they had taken up a Quarantine Hobby in the first place. I never imagined the results would be split 50/50. I mean, what the heck were the other 50% of you doing? Maybe some of us didn’t stick with our hobbies, but surely it beat staring at the wall for all those long, boring months.

A staggering 37% kept up with their Quarantine Hobbies.