It’s been over a month because, here in the U.S., we have actually been sequestered away in our homes with our families/quaranteams, or possibly you’ve been managing solo. The global COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just significantly changed our worlds– if you’re signing in with yourself as so much seclusion needs, you have actually most likely been experiencing a great deal of modification, too.
Modification, or most likely the anxiety change can trigger, is a leading cause of tension, sleeping disorders, and a host of other associated mental/health conditions catalyzed by unexpected events and, more straight, ideas of the unknown. It’s true, life’s unpredictability and the unknowable things (in all their brilliant information) lingering the corner are pretty frightening for most of us. Particularly in a situation like this, as we’ve jointly enjoyed the virus making its way from nation to nation, neighborhood to neighborhood, awaiting our turn.
A current piece in the Guardian by Rebecca Solnit recorded another part of the moving puzzle for me– possibly a feeling you, too, discovered hard to identify or take into words, however that so specifically strikes at the heart of modification, any change, and its remarkable flair for deciphering us: “A disaster (which originally implied “ill-starred”, or “under a bad star”) alters the world and our view of it. Our focus shifts, and what matters shifts. What is weak breaks under new pressure, what is strong holds, and what was concealed emerges. Modification is not just possible, we are swept away by it.”
It’s becoming clear, too, that the aftershocks we’re likely to experience from the fallout of the pandemic will be felt for years to come– not just the physical consequences however the financial, spiritual, social, and political waves already in motion. It’s a lot. Not just in the minute, which we know is still extremely challenging, however also when contemplating what’s ahead. Which is where we at Refinery29 are focusing our attention these days, too.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared a note with you on behalf of our editorial group, checking in during this historic time and providing you an area to share your view of the world today– however big or little– along with informing us what you might need in the days and months ahead. Hundreds of you wrote to us sharing your dispatches from quarantine, whatever from your fears (losing your house, elderly parents, dying alone) to what’s bringing you convenience ( Fleabag, prayer, CBD oil).
Natalie in NYC told us she’s looking for “ways I can be and feel efficient and entire.” Jessica in Columbus wishes to find out about “anything BUT Coronavirus.” Katie in Charlotte is craving “stories from healthcare workers” and Anna in Portland needs to know “how other females throughout the U.S. are dealing with the circumstance we’re in.” As we assured, every morsel of feedback you shared is triggering upcoming stories and courses to explore brand-new details– and maybe most significantly, guide us through the change to a brand-new horizon (you can check out our Stay-Home Guide here).
In many ways, you all have been a lifeline for me and everyone here at Refinery29, too, understanding you’re depending upon us to find that crucial timing and balance in between practical matters as well as the escape you long for as a result. It’s difficult, and periodically there’s some diverting too far in either instructions– we value the remarks, even the extreme ones, however particularly the encouraging ones that keep us progressing.
As we speak, we’re actively dealing with stories that may not be relevant in precisely this moment, however we believe will be in months to come. How will COVID-19 completely change our lens on the world and our lives together with it? What will our downtowns, our federal government, our jobs (or task search), and our home entertainment look like in a year’s time? We’re wondering, too, and positioning bets on what’s going to matter many.
Up Until then, we’re here to keep sharing and listening, and we thank you for sharing, too. Since the fact is, you’re the very best reason we have for believing what’s to come is absolutely worth altering for.