Day 26 of Quarantine

Learned To Cut My Own Hair

April 6, 2020

I'm starting to embrace the new normal. I mean I sort of have to or I'll start pulling my hair out, which almost happened the other day. Instead I settled on a 5 minute YouTube tutorial and used some clippers, but the hair came out nonetheless. 

Weirdly we're all in this together. I've had my downturns and even experienced disasters in the form of a hurricane, but all of which seemed to only affect my surrounding environment. Relatives and friends in different cities were isolated from what I was experiencing at that time.

But now nationally and even parts globally we all suffer from the same conditions which makes them a little bit scarier. When a hurricane was about to come crashing through, there was always an option to drive away from it. In my downturns, there was always people around to lean on or escape to.

This is different.

This feels like watching paint dry. I feel like the annoying four year old in the back seat asking my parents "Are we there yet?".

So, there's only one thing to really do when you have no control over your environment. Just accept it for what it is and make the best of it.

Over the course of the past couple of weeks, I've ordered several books. With my busy schedule lately, reading was something I really never had time for.

During this time, I want to learn about stocks, so I've been spending a bunch of time researching how that works. I even downloaded the app Robinhood and started reading books on how professional traders make money off the market.

My thoughts during this process are, how can I find a way to get out of this ahead. Whether thats through learning a new skill (giving myself a haircut) or putting myself in a position where I'll actually make money on the upswing of the economy (investing in a down market).

About 6 months ago, I was listening to this interview of a successful real estate investor. The man was a seasoned billionaire, and he was talking about investing. One thing that stood out to me was that he said our economy follows a pattern. It goes up and then it drops and then it goes up again. In real estate, if it's a sellers market, hold on to your money until theres a shift in the market.

As I was listening, he even predicted that we're expecting a drop in the economy within the next two years. So, since I've listened to that podcast, I've been attempting to put myself in a position to strike when the time is right.

I encourage you, if you can, to take this opportunity to think differently than other people. Visualize how you'd like your life to be when this is over. Will you join the millions of people who binged every Netflix show into existence or will you have spent that time growing yourself and putting yourself ahead of the game when everything returns to normal. 

I know my answer. 

(wal•do) — Person
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