As we adjust to life under a settle in place order, many of my patients have reported a sense of being in limbo. They’re bored, confused, and unsure how to proceed. Not eactly suffering, but certainly out of sorts. COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it, and there’s no going back. While we cannot predict with any certainty the length of time we’ll be confined to our homes, we can control how we use our time while settled in. In fact, this is a great time to learn a new language or skill. In my blogs alone I’ve recommended enough books and lecture series to keep you busy for weeks. Always been interested in the great pyramids? Take an online class. Want to learn how (fill in the blank) is made? There’s a video or lecture series for that.
Where to begin?
Start with your local library. Many offer ebooks, audiobooks and movies for check out.
Khan Academy offers free courses for children and teens, as well as adults. https://www.khanacademy.org/
Universities throughout the world offer free classes via edX: https://www.edx.org/
Several universities offer free lectures and course content via their own platforms:
Cornell University eCommons@Cornell
Massachusetts Institute of Technology https://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
Pepperdine University https://pepperdine.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/
University of Oxford https://www.ox.ac.uk/itunes-u?wssl=1
Others have created YouTube channels:
Carnegie Mellon University https://www.youtube.com/user/carnegiemellonu
Columbia University https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChzhFUxUZFAQSJZ_Tp4B1fA
Duke University https://www.youtube.com/user/Duke
Emory University https://www.youtube.com/user/EmoryUniversity/videos
Harvard University https://www.youtube.com/user/Harvard
Northwestern University https://www.youtube.com/user/NorthwesternU
Seton Hall University https://www.youtube.com/user/setonhall
University of Chicago https://www.youtube.com/user/UChicago
University of Notre Dame https://www.youtube.com/user/NDdotEDU
Vanderbilt University https://www.youtube.com/vanderbilt
Yale University https://www.youtube.com/user/YaleCourses
2020 is already going to be a year to remember. How about, rather than accepting it as the year COVID-19 took you down and stomped on you, you make it the year that you learned French, or developed that hobby, or conquered the Medieval Icelandic Sagas. Life is what you make it.