It’s been over a month considering that, here in the U.S., we’ve been sequestered away in our houses with our families/quaranteams, or maybe you’ve been managing solo. The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t just significantly changed our worlds– if you’re signing in with yourself as so much isolation demands, you have actually most likely been experiencing a great deal of change, too.
Change, or most likely the anxiety modification can activate, is a leading reason for tension, insomnia, and a host of other related mental/health disorders catalyzed by abrupt events and, more directly, thoughts of the unknown. It holds true, life’s uncertainty and the unknowable things (in all their vivid information) lingering the corner are quite frightening for most of us. Especially in a circumstance like this, as we have actually jointly enjoyed the virus making its method from country to nation, neighborhood to neighborhood, awaiting our turn.
A recent piece in the Guardian by Rebecca Solnit caught another part of the shifting puzzle for me– perhaps a sensation you, too, discovered hard to identify or take into words, however that so specifically strikes at the heart of modification, any modification, and its exceptional knack for deciphering us: “A disaster (which originally implied “ill-starred”, or “under a bad star”) changes 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 but the financial, spiritual, social, and political waves currently in motion. It’s a lot. Not simply in the moment, which we know is still extremely difficult, however likewise 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 throughout this historical time and offering you an area to share your view of the world right now– nevertheless big or little– in addition to telling us what you may require in the days and months ahead. Hundreds of you wrote to us sharing your dispatches from quarantine, everything from your fears (losing your home, senior parents, passing away alone) to what’s bringing you comfort ( Fleabag, prayer, CBD oil).
Natalie in NYC told us she’s searching for “ways I can be and feel efficient and whole.” Jessica in Columbus wishes to hear about “anything BUT Coronavirus.” Katie in Charlotte is craving “stories from healthcare workers” and Anna in Portland would like to know “how other women across the U.S. are managing the circumstance we remain in.” As we promised, every morsel of feedback you shared is sparking upcoming stories and paths to explore new information– and possibly most notably, guide us through the modification to a new horizon (you can take a look at our Stay-Home Guide here).
In numerous methods, you all have been a lifeline for me and everybody here at Refinery29, too, understanding you’re depending upon us to discover that crucial timing and balance between useful matters along with the escape you crave as an outcome. It’s not easy, and sometimes there’s some drifting too far in either instructions– we value the comments, even the severe ones, however specifically the encouraging ones that keep us moving on.
As we speak, we’re actively dealing with stories that might not matter in exactly this minute, however our company believe will be in months to come. How will COVID-19 permanently change our lens on the world and our lives together with it? What will our downtowns, our government, our jobs (or task search), and our home entertainment look like in a year’s time? We’re questioning, too, and positioning bets on what’s going to matter many.
Until 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 factor we have for believing what’s to come is absolutely worth changing for.