The health of my family and my loved ones. Making sure that everybody’s staying safe, but also keeping a level of sanity so we come out of this not only healthy physically but also mentally.
What was most important to you before you had to social distance?
The health of my family and loved ones has always been a priority. Obviously there are things that managed to become prioritized in your life that don’t necessarily mean a lot now that you look back at it. I take my job really seriously and always become super invested in what I do–hitting my quota every month was really important to me. When all of this happened, I just felt overwhelmed with what else was going on with the world, and the importance of hitting my quota–I don’t view it as such an important factor in my everyday life, I guess. Where I’m at and listening to the news, it just makes me feel like my quota is such bullshit.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over?
Go out on a full-on bender! Not that I’m not drinking, cause I definitely am. My wine is keeping me sane. I miss just going to a nice restaurant and sitting down and being surrounded by people. I miss going out and socializing. It’s so mind-boggling to me that it was only three weeks ago that I was doing that. I’m definitely an extrovert, so this experience has been really interesting for me because I’m not used to being alone.
What are you doing to pass the time?
I’m still working, although I’m not as motivated as I once was. Work has been pretty busy. To pass time, I’m on TikTok a ton! It’s horrible! It’s so amusing and so addicting. For the most part, every day, I’ve done 10,000 steps. I’ve been going on walks every single day, and every day I hit 10,000 steps. I feel like it really helps me decompress.
What makes you happy right now?
Wine. Wine and talking to friends. I do FaceTimes with my friends a lot. Being able to keep in touch makes me happy. And my walks, those are good.
What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today?
Life is full of twists and turns, and you never know what can happen. You’re really lucky to have your health and your family and your apartment. Every day’s a blessing. It’s true. It doesn’t feel real. I think what really shocked me is just how fast things can change. It’s important to not take anything for granted.
Obviously, this [pandemic] is something our generation has never experienced. I keep thinking about World War II.People like Anne Frank had to stay at home–they didn’t have internet, they didn’t have food that they could cook, and they couldn’t really talk. What we’re dealing with now is complicated and I think we can’t even begin to fathom the repercussions once our society has healed, but I just think about World War II and how there were so many people who were suffering on a more intense level than us. It’s very circumstantial for us, but I still think about how it was then. Anne Frank was stuck in her attic for years. I know we can get through this.