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Taking Back What I Said

Writing this “article” contradicts the point I’m going to make. But I’ll do it any way.
Earlier this week, I was pretty silly suggesting that this is a great time to “start new projects” — I mean, during the pandemic.
I mentioned how I started an Italian language podcast. I suggested to learn a new language, reading a long novel. I even talked about starting a business!
Then I simply crashed and burned. My dear aunt, who’s been battling cancer for a few years, is now on her deathbed.
And here I was, talking about being more productive!
I completely crashed.
Then, I cleared my calendar off all work and appointments. I forgot the pile of books I was trying to read. I put the podcast on hold.
Right now, very little matters except what’s truly important.
Maybe some people will find that this is the time to be creative, to start something new. But for most people, this phase will come after.
Right now, trying to be productive during a lockdown works against us. Trying to be productive will only lead to burnout.
Here’s what matters:
– Be there for the people you love.
– Take care of what’s needed around the house, but don’t feel guilty if you haven’t completed your spring cleaning yet.
As for health, it’s also not the time to think you’re going to get in shape, or beat yourself up if your diet doesn’t live up to its usual standards.
Here, you can do the minimum to stay healthy. Walk, do some exercise. But is it really the time to truly “get in shape?” I don’t think so.
Maybe I’ll think differently in a few weeks, but for now, I’m giving up on those silly ideas of productivity during a crisis.
There’s a time for everything. Right now may just be the time to go through life, one day at a time.
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.