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 perhaps you’ve been handling solo. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t simply drastically changed our worlds– if you’re checking in with yourself as a lot seclusion needs, you have actually probably been experiencing a great deal of change, too.
Change, or most likely the stress and anxiety change can set off, is a leading reason for stress, insomnia, and a host of other related mental/health conditions catalyzed by unexpected occasions and, more directly, thoughts of the unknown. It’s true, life’s uncertainty and the unknowable things (in all their vibrant detail) waiting around the corner are quite scary for the majority of us. Especially in a situation like this, as we’ve jointly watched the virus making its method from nation to country, community to neighborhood, awaiting our turn.
A recent piece in the Guardian by Rebecca Solnit recorded another part of the shifting puzzle for me– possibly a sensation you, too, found hard to identify or take into words, however that so specifically strikes at the heart of modification, any change, and its remarkable flair for unravelling us: “A catastrophe (which originally suggested “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 hidden emerges. Change is not only possible, we are swept away by it.”
It’s ending up being 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 effects however the economic, spiritual, social, and political waves already in movement. It’s a lot. Not simply in the minute, which we know is still extremely challenging, but likewise when considering what’s ahead. Which is where we at Refinery29 are focusing our attention these days, too.
A few weeks earlier, I shared a note with you on behalf of our editorial group, checking in during this historical time and offering you a space to share your view of the world today– nevertheless huge or small– along with informing us what you might need in the days and months ahead. Numerous you composed to us sharing your dispatches from quarantine, whatever from your worries (losing your home, senior parents, dying alone) to what’s bringing you convenience ( Fleabag, prayer, CBD oil).
Natalie in New York City informed us she’s trying to find “ways I can be and feel productive and entire.” Jessica in Columbus wishes to become aware of “anything BUT Coronavirus.” Katie in Charlotte is craving “stories from healthcare employees” and Anna in Portland wants to know “how other females across the U.S. are handling the situation we remain in.” As we promised, every morsel of feedback you shared is sparking upcoming stories and courses to explore brand-new info– and maybe most significantly, guide us through the change to a new horizon (you can take a look at our Stay-Home Guide here).
In lots of methods, you all have actually been a lifeline for me and everybody here at Refinery29, too, knowing you’re depending on us to find that critical timing and balance in between useful matters as well as the escape you yearn for as a result. It’s hard, and occasionally there’s some drifting too far in either instructions– we appreciate the remarks, even the severe ones, but particularly the motivating ones that keep us moving forward.
As we speak, we’re actively dealing with stories that might not be relevant in specifically this minute, however our company believe will remain in months to come. How will COVID-19 completely alter our lens on the world and our lives along with it? What will our downtowns, our government, our tasks (or job search), and our entertainment look like in a year’s time? We’re wondering, too, and positioning bets on what’s going to matter a lot of.
Till then, we’re here to keep sharing and listening, and we thank you for sharing, too. Due to the fact that the truth is, you’re the very best reason we have for thinking what’s to come is definitely worth altering for.