Lockdown in South Africa – Day 13

I am trying to do a challenge per day during Lockdown but did not get round to one yesterday.  Today I am doing the Share Your World Challenge from Sparks

If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make them?

One would hope that we did indeed learn from our mistakes and certainly some of the time we do.   I’m not sure the world has learned too many lessons though as History tends to repeat itself.

We are afraid to make mistakes because there just might be consequences to them that we can’t fix.  It pays to be careful but we should take positive risks too and then if we fail we can get up and start again having learned where we went wrong.

How do we know that pleasure is good and pain is bad?

I think it has something to do with the hormones serotonin and dopamine.   They tend to tell the brain that something is pleasurable.  It is also probably to do with years of conditioning – pain is caused by something that will hurt you so the brain registers it as an unpleasant thing to warn you to do something about it and vice versa.

What problem or situation did TV / movies make you think would be common, but when you grew up you found out it wasn’t?

TV and movies are larger than life.  So whatever you see in a show is exaggerated to make it more appealing to the viewer.   Certainly, when I was growing up I did not understand this fully.   The thing about movies and fairy tales is that the story is usually biased toward the hero/heroine so the viewer does not try to see it from the point of view of the villain.   I realised when I grew up that there were always two points of view.   Today when I see a movie with my daughter she gets irritated because I always point out that real life is not like that.   Perhaps I should go back to just enjoying the show no matter how unrealistic it is!

If you drive, do you speed when no one is watching?   Have you ever run a red light late at night on purpose, particularly if it doesn’t seem to change very quickly?   If you don’t drive, what minor law may you have broken?

No, I don’t speed when nobody is watching.  Yes, I have been caught speeding because I wasn’t paying attention to the change in restriction and not because I thought I would get away with it.  No, I have never run a red light but when I have stopped at one and it hasn’t changed then I’ve slowly moved forward and driven through otherwise I might have stayed there all night!

What positive things are you finding to do to occupy your time right now?

As I am retired I have more time on my hands than I used whether it’s Lockdown or not.  I also live in a small town where nothing much is going on.  Usually, we have lots of visitors, something different tends to crop up every day and we travel a lot.  Now that none of the above is possible I have had to get into some sort of routine.  Having my daughter with us helps.

The household chores take up a lot of my time.  I study Italian on Duolingo, I read, I blog, I keep a list of birds seen in my garden and I exercise.   All of this tends to fill my day.  New things to the list of things I do that I didn’t before Lockdown include researching information about Coronavirus, going on virtual game drives in the Kruger National Park, group chatting to the family and cleaning more obsessively.

Lion screen shot

Screenshot of what I watched on Wild Earth

Last night our whole family group chatted online.  Lisa and Jay were in Cape Town, Lauren, Allan, Shannon and Simon were in Plettenberg Bay and Josh was in Hungary while Lollz, the Earl and I were here at the southern tip of Africa.  How awesome was that – so far apart yet so close!   My grandmother was in isolation during the Spanish ‘Flu epidemic in 1918. What would she have thought about our gathering last night!  It would have been beyond her wildest dreams.

1 thought on “Lockdown in South Africa – Day 13

  1. Melanie B Cee

    Thank you so much for participating in Share Your World! 😀 You seem to have things well in hand as to keeping yourself occupied while we’re all isolated this way. Great ideas! Having a family video conference ‘call’ is indeed amazing and your grandmother would have been astounded I bet! 😀

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