Prominent prolific musicians, or those who just go off into the woods, often come up with magnificent ideas and creative projects when they camp. It refers to periods when they go off with a bunch of people to create an album. It could last anywhere from days to months at a time, but usually, it becomes a moment in their careers when masterpieces are created. The same can be done for other artists of different crafts.
Being forced by the Universe to shelter inside for months in fear of the contraction of an illness that kills is what birthed the European Renaissance of the 15th and 16th centuries. The Harlem Renaissance was a time spanning the 1920s when Black Americans of Harlem, New York City created Jazz, produced some of my favorite paintings, new styles of dance, the most cherished pieces of literature, theatre, and so much more. COVID, although happening in a much different time and state of existence, could possibly inspire the same.
I think those who can spare moments of time during their day when they would have normally been outside should try camping. You don’t even have to set up a tent, but camping tends to get a little messy. There are times when you feel like you’re out in the middle of nowhere missing crucial pieces of your tent in the rain, but on that same trip, you could meet some lifelong friends that had your back and extra supplies. While you’re camping, use these weeks locked up inside to first rest and then check off the list of things that you need to get done. When you are ready, and your campsite is set up, start creating things and enjoying the new environment you put together; however, that may look.
Not everyone has to be Langston Hughes. There were more than one artist and creator who lived during the period of the Harlem Renaissance. You can end up creating amazing things for others to see, or you can find interesting and positive new ways to make your everyday life a little easier. Take care of yourself and your family first, and then use this time to be creative and have fun.