Movies for Lock Down: Snowpiercer.

Everyone has been binge-watching shows during this COVID-19 lockdown. Some people want to watch things that distract them, and others want to watch relatable films for our current situation. For me, its the latter. Since it is the end of the world, supposedly, I am suggesting you watch “Snowpiercer.”

The beginning of the film asks a resonating question for me: “Do you remember what steak tastes like?”

What if five years from now, we have to explain to our children what restaurants were? Or maybe a concert? A movie in theatres? Wow.

“Snowpiercer,” like other apocalyptic films, has this theme of disappearance of societal norms that is similar to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the movie, people are rationing blood blocks to survive. The film portrays classicism, showing people in the back of the train having to fight to get to the front of the train to make a better life. Does this sound familiar to you?

It’s an exhilarating watch that will make you forget about life for a minute, putting you into a different reality to inspire you further this COVID-19 pandemic will come to an end soon.

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Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Songs for Lockdown: American Idiot – Green Day

Digging deep down into my feelings during this lockdown, “American Idiot,” by Greenday reminded me of what was happening in the world back in the early 2000s. Fear, propaganda, corruption, and angry people. COVID-19 has caused us to act like idiots.

Look at every Target toilet paper aisle.

People care more about their stocks, businesses, incomes, and economies versus human life. We are all idiots. I’m not saying that I’m any smarter than you or anyone else, but when the coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan back in early December 2019, I was warning people that this would be bad.

Yes, with extensive research and gleaming evidence, I feared something like this would happen. Therefore, I began stocking up on food a little by little each week, starting at the beginning of February. The only thing I knew was the fact that this virus was going to spread across the world, but I didn’t know how it would affect gas prices, the stocks, and everyone’s emotional state.

I began acting like an idiot talking about the paranoia before paranoia even became a thing.

From our government, and down the line, we are all idiots. Americans look at problems across the world, and we always think that this stuff will never happen to us. Well, now it is happening to us at one time—all of it. But it isn’t all of our faults because you can’t predict this stuff. You can only guess.

I can’t believe not very many people were taking this seriously back in December, and that includes our government. Even if the government knew that this was going to happen, they wouldn’t have been prepared for it dating back to the early 2000s when “American Idiot” came out.

Seriously, everything in the world is sold out, even bidets from Home Depot.

It’s okay; we will prevail one day. With the hysteria and frustration in this song, it relates to today’s reality, bringing back emotions that I had as a middle schooler.

Take a listen on Spotify or something.

 

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Songs for Lockdown: Here I go Again – Whitesnake

This crazy quarantine COVID-19 lockdown has affected us all, tapping into all sorts of emotional states that we can or cannot handle. Music connects us with our emotions on a deep level, altering our auras, and ultimately creating dissonance. Every day during this lockdown, I have come back into connection with a song that reminded me of an emotion I had relating to the present. Today it is “Here I go Again” by Whitesnake. This tune has reincarnated the feelings that I had while living in Colorado this past summer.

While living away from home doing an amazing internship at Crispin Porter and Bogusky, I felt quarantined due to my homesickness. I missed my dogs, cat, family, and my fiance very much. During this time, I got to watch “The Fighter,” a boxing movie that had this classic ’80s hair metal tune.

Seeing Mark Wahlberg walk down to the ring before his championship title fight pumped me up in a stoic fashion. This power ballad evokes the feeling of being alone, toeing the line, but having to fight to move forward and survive.

It’s a song that reminds us to hang in there during this long and winding war that we are in, because then surely one day we can fight to win and overcome.

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Stay Busy. Stay Sane. Write Down Your Goals.

People have their ways of staying organized, what works best for me is using a highschool planner. It sounds weird. But it works. For the first time in a long time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my planner is full of absolutely nothing. As of today, I am going to write down daily goals to find accomplishments to maintain the right balance of mental and physical health. People say writing down goals is the first step in achieving them, and not many people actually do it. I realized this morning that I need to continue to do it to keep that habit. 

Usually, my highschool planner is filled with appointments, tasks, and advertising portfolio work. For two years, I’ve worked on my advertising portfolio to obtain a job in advertising, putting my blogging on hiatus. Right now, I am placing portfolio work on hold as I’m trying to work with art directors to polish it finally. Now, I can go back to doing what I love the most, which is journaling.

Now, my goals for the days to come will look something like this:

  1. Write 300 – 500 words.
  2. Read.
  3. Leisurely activities. 
  4. Work out.
  5. Walk Cooper.
  6. Cook and clean.

Writing down my goals keeps me sane, and it is a good habit to have during the times of imprisoned isolation. You see, we have the freedom to do what we want while we are trapped in our homes. It is quite the catch 22 and is quite similar to how prisoners feel in certain aspects. 

When Franco was king of Spain, everyone was afraid, and when he died in 1975, everyone went absolutely berzerk. 

We have the opportunity to explore new avenues, re-evaluate our life goals and ambitions, and to do new things such as playing chess. I can finally fix that lighting fixture and paint a hockey goalie mask. 

I’m trying to figure out how to find a balance of interests with my fiance, how to stay busy, how to keep good habits and to keep in contact with close friends and relatives. 

My late grandfather baked bread until his late 70 because it gave him a purpose. Maybe I’ll finish one of my three books, whatever it is, we all need to find some bread to bake right now to keep us moving forward. 

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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COVID-19 should be called RESET-20.

My late Grandmother grew up in the Great Depression. She always told me about how she would keep twisty ties, glass bottles, and save everything, including bacon grease, to prevent being wasteful. Will habits like this become the new normal when the world restarts again?

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing everyone, which is why I am pondering how the world will change as it is going through its rebirth. What will the new “normal” be? Am I the only one who is suffering from a slight delusional paranoia? I don’t know the answers to any of these questions. Hence why I need to talk or write it all out.

We are in a crisis of humanity versus capitalism, trying to prevent mass human annihilation and the most significant global recession. Which one would you rather have? I choose life every time.

I am trying to stay positive and healthy by writing every day, exercising, and taking care of things that I’d never had time for, such as fixing my laptop charger. Yesterday, I wrote about staying positive because the “greater is coming.” Sheesh, it’s so damn hard to keep that keen sense of optimism at times. Then later that night, a phantom started creeping into my head, terrifying me about the future of our human existence.

When my fiance and I are walking our dog around the lake, hordes of people are passing by, further terrifying me that the virus is spreading. This caused me to call the COVID-19 Minnesota hotline (651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903) to ask if it is safe to walk outside with my dog. The verdict: Stay six feet away from people. Yes, that is nearly impossible when Lake of the Isles is a sardine-packed night club.

People are utilizing their resources because if fitness centers aren’t open, then it causes a chain reaction to go for runs around the lake and doing at-home workouts.

Being resourceful is a major skill of mine, and I am taking it to the next level for probably no apparent reason other than the fear we may be living in at the moment. I’m rewashing zip lock bags for reuse when I run out, measuring my laundry detergent, washing bigger dishware by hand using one or two drops of dish soap, and I am finding every way to be resourceful. The extreme hit me when my vegetables were going to expire in a day; therefore, I resorted to pickling them.

To me, pickling vegetables is a sign of fear of oppression. Is anyone acting this way out of a slight fear lurking in the back of their minds?

Take your index finger and move it as close to your thumb as possible without touching. Maybe I’m going a little crazy? But, aren’t we all having our moments of going “cuckoo” right now? I may be overthinking this, but I’m not the only one.

I’m glued to my TV, whether it is binging HULU, doing barre classes, or watching the news. I am even pursuing my faith more seriously by reading a book called “Jesus Calling.” Of those, exercising is the best way to pass the time.

COVID-19 could change my normal social behavior. For instance, when walking on the sidewalk, I’m turning my head to the right when someone passes by. Believe me; I’m not the only one who is doing this. Can you believe that I haven’t been smiling and saying hello to that person? How un-Minnesotan like is that?

Hoarding, home workouts, working from home, cooking for ourselves, and talking to others on the phone or FaceTime are becoming trending human habits. COVID-19 is resetting the world.

Quarantine, social distance, wash your hands and cover your mouth. Be vigilant and get your groceries through delivery apps. Only leave the house if you have to, and stay away from older people. These are the little changes we have to make, but even those can’t cure the darkness of isolation or COVID-19. But, it can get us through it, and it can be just enough to slow things down.

Hopefully, our government will stop making this a political issue and realize we need to make this a health issue and let health officials have full control of their actions.

All we can do is to pray and to make those little changes.

There has got to be some good that will come out of this. I don’t know what the reset button will be like when it activates for our world, but I hope it will be one for the greater.

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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Stay Positive. The Greater is Coming.

Being frustrated, asking questions of “why is this happening to me,” and screaming at the top of our lungs when no one is listening is so damn easy. Emotional content is a vital sign of a healthy mind, and if we stomp our feet, it just detriments our minds if we continue to ask “why,” we will continue to be frustrated.

We should not waste our time right now being frustrated because it just adds fuel to our frustration during this COVID-19 fiasco. We need to channel it into positive energy, keep doing our part to stay and keep others safe. Most importantly, figure out new ways to keep our morale high in such low times.

If we are proactive, the reactive will be positive. The secret to getting through this is to find some way to release a positive force to find new ways to create a good attitude.

Adding stress by pouting about our circumstances of quarantine will lower our immune systems. Stay positive because when the glass is half full, you can put lemonade powder and ice in it, making a better-tasting full glass of refreshingness.

My fiance and I have put our energy into cooking, finding faith, DIY projects, and trying to find fun things to do. The number one thing we are doing is working out in front of our TV, doing barre classes, and yoga. We plan to do even more things like jigsaw puzzles and to get to other things that we have been putting off.

We love to make dry rub wings, watch the Vikings, and take football naps. It isn’t even football season. It may sound crazy, but we love doing those things, and we watched Randy Moss’ famous Thanksgiving Day game from 1998, which I vaguely remember as a kindergartener. But, recreating NFL Sunday’s was a blast, keeping our spirits high.

My fiance and I are going to create a dinner and movie night, where we get dressed up nice and order take out. We will light candles and drink beer from pint glasses, overall creating a fancy date night all from the comfort of our own home.

This is a time to use our imagination, making the best of what we have.

If we can go through life with a positive attitude, perseverance, and fairly good problem solving towards our salvation, then the greater good will come.

In times like this, we need to believe the greater good will come. But, it only comes with a positive attitude, as a paralyzed athlete once said, “The greatest disability in life is a bad attitude.”

Remember, when you point your finger at the moon, don’t focus on the finger. You will miss the beauty of what is the “great beyond.” Yes, I just totally ripped off Bruce Lee. This is why emotional content is the key to our survival right now.

The best is yet to come. We have to ride out this wave of terror, and if we’re going to do this, let’s do it smiling.

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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A Reminder of What Gets You (Me) Excited.

A young child asked his father, “Why is Uncle Billy so fat?” The father paused for a moment. He could have said because he loved to sit on the couch and eat Cheetos all day, considering it was the truth, but he found this as an excellent opportunity to impart a life lesson.

“Son, Billy used to be skinny. But, he loved people so much, and so every time he met a new person, his heart grew a little more. The more people he met, he grew bigger and bigger.”

This father was not my dad. This anecdote was Russell Crowe in a movie called, “Mystery Alaska.” Albeit, the exact monologue isn’t correct, but the point is that Billy or Bailey ( I can’t remember the character’s name) loved people.

I love people. I love socializing, laughing, and being around people. Being a bartender is a job that I hate. Seriously, it is the worst. The only part I like about it is to talk to people.

My friends and family, I miss them. Being quarantined is difficult because there is a lack of social interaction via social distancing. I am so thankful that I have my fiance, Kaley, and our two pets to spend this challenging time with each other. But, being less than three feet away from one person 24/7 brings challenges. I know couples who are trying to find ways to stay sane with each other, and me and my beautiful other half are doing a great job thus far.

Reminding myself that people excite me has boosted my morale today. So, what is one thing that truly and profoundly excites you?

Being a macro thinker, I believe the COVID-19 social distancing sensation will change world culture, social interactions, and how we operate. With delivery apps, Facetime, and abilities to be present without being present, we can function differently. If this craziness continues, we will find realizations that staying in and cooking for ourselves, playing board games, doing yoga in front of our TV’s, and getting online degrees could make more sense.

The fear of this crisis could create human habits that could change us forever.

Putting my crazy thoughts aside, I miss being around people, and this quarantine is taking that away from me.

I realized this when I talk to my parents or my fiance’s parents on the phone. I miss going to see them, and it kills me that I can’t because I don’t want to infect them with a possible virus without knowing it.

Billy or Bailey’s heart grew every time he saw a person, and I resonate with that. My heart is so big for people that it hurts that I can’t be around them, and the only thing keeping me going is my fiance because I get to be with her.

Let’s be hopeful this ends soon because I don’t want my heart to shrink. Facetime your friends, call your loved ones, and text people that you haven’t talked to for a long time. Trust me, knowing that people are stocked up with supplies, and safe will bring comfort to you in times of discomfort.

To my friends and family, I hope you are all safe and that I can see you soon before my heart starts to shrink.

 

Remember,

“The Zos Knows”

-David Zosel 

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