MANILA, Philippines—The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed much of normal life, forcing people to stay inside their houses for as much time as possible.
Staying inside can cause cabin fever, but for ONE Championship’s Brandon Vera and Miesha Tate this time of isolation can be used to reflect and learn, or relearn, new stuff.
Vera, the ONE World heavyweight champion, said that self-quarantine could be used to look back at the things afforded to one’s self before the pandemic.
He added that once the crisis is over, it’ll be much sweeter to be with loved ones once again.
“Let this teach us of a simpler life we all could and should have with our loved ones,” said Vera. “When this is all over, let your appreciation shower them everyday and always make it count.”
As for Tate, the lockdown allowed her to rekindle an old passion—playing the flute.
Tate, who’s the vice president of ONE Championship, typically flies to the countries where the promotion conducts its cards, leaving her with as little time as possible to spend for herself and her daughter Amaia.
“I feel [the boredom] too but I am also am proud of my sacrifices and you should be too. Let’s try to turn this into a positive and do some things you normally wouldn’t have time to do,” said Tate. “For me, reading and learning new skills like video editing has been very rewarding in my downtime.”
“I have finally found the time to relearn how to play my flute again, something I’ve had on my goal list for a long time. I’ve also been baking with my daughter quite a bit,” added Tate.
Another solution to prevent lethargy during the lockdown is to exercise and both Vera and Tate are all