What’s most important to you right now?
I’m afraid for people to suffer. I would like for there to be a cure quickly. I feel bad for small business owners. I’m worried for people. I’m really religious, so I’m always praying for everybody. I’m trying to strengthen my relationship with Jesus, so that’s always my main focus. I’m trying to pray for society, and that everyone gets through this with their sanity.
What was most important to you before you had to social distance?
[My priorities have been] relatively the same.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over?
Go out to dinner. I hate walking and [seeing] people go in the street–they don’t even walk near you. I know everybody’s scared but it’s so odd. I’m touchy-feely, I like hugs. I know it’s going to be different, but I do look forward to going out. I’m looking forward to everyone going back to being a little more friendly and warm. Everyone’s so scared that it’s like every man for himself, and I don’t see the unity.
What are you doing to pass the time?
I write children’s books. I’m a resource teacher so I have to continue to work every day. I work on my pond in the back yard, and I like to paint. I’m starting my next children’s book. My first book just got on Amazon, it’s called Philip Frog and the Spooky Socks.
What makes you happy right now?
I have Jesus, so I really am blessed that I really do feel happy all the time. I love my family. Drawing. Making connections with people; empowering other people somehow. I want to be able to help and inspire people.
What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today?
People first. Love, take care of everybody, stop and reflect, take a deep breath. Everything’s not so serious. I feel like Jesus has us. They are working on it, this will be okay. I think we’re going to come out on the other end even better. Stop and look out at the little moments in life. If you see something about a person that is beautiful, say it. Make a connection to every little person that you meet. We’re all human and we’re all struggling through life. We’re all going through the same thing, we’re not better than each other. Be patient and absorb the little wonderful moments. You can hit people right between the eyes with love. Keep yourself safe and don’t be so judgmental. Understand that everybody’s going through something different. We’re all going through this world.
Janet S-Rhode Island