As people get used to this ‘normal’ of being home, and as they run out of things to do and are tired of all the noise related to the pandemic (as opposed to the useful information from WHO and local health authorities)… well, there are things to do. Had this happened before the Internet… well… but it has happened after the Internet, so there’s so much more to do.
It’s amazingly easy to find things to do once you take a break from the social networks. They don’t enrich you. Only you enrich you.
I’ve broken it up into exploration and education… to me these things are not mutually exclusive, but to others…
Maybe you don’t feel like exploring space with NASA and want something more grounded.
Try 500 online museums from around the world, courtesy Google, a stunning display of our world digitized.
You can go further and use Google’s Streetview to see other distant places on the planet, captured by Google’s nosy cameras.
Reading? Try the Gutenburg Project, where you can find all sorts of books that are legally free and yes, are available in e-reader formats.
I’ve been joking about people staring into their kitchens and not knowing what to do with them – which presents the opportunity for exploring recipes. Hit a search engine and see what you can find to cook.
Being a bit of a nerd myself, I sometimes explore Wikipedia and read up on random things as well. I’m that person that uses the ‘random page’ functionality.
Imagine 1,500 online courses you can take at no cost. You don’t need to. OpenCulture.com lists 1,500 online courses. Some come with completion certificates.
If you want to be more direct about it, here’s online courses by a few major institutions:
Networks such as LinkedIn and others have more professional certificates available as well, but those are (of course) at a cost.