Keeping some sense of normality. When I have a schedule and am doing things and keeping myself busy, I have good days, and when I’m not doing things, I get really frustrated. What’s important for me is to remind myself that it’s not permanent and that I can still grow through this time of pause.
What was most important to you before you had to social distance?
Career. I had just moved to New York, so that was hard. I was just going going going, so come to a place of complete stop was very difficult.
What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over?
I just want to hang out with a bunch of my friends and be in the same room with them. I just want to be around people and be able to support in person.
What are you doing to pass the time?
I’m catching up with people via Facetime/Skype/Zoom–a lot of people that I haven’t had time to talk to. I’m also trying to take as many online classes and masterclasses as I can and continue to work on skills that I don’t always have time to work on when I’m very busy. I’m reading a little bit, but it’s hard to stay focused. I love reading, but that’s been hard, so connecting and trying to grow is how I pass the time.
What makes you happy right now?
Honestly, I think it’s technology. If I didn’t have technology I wouldn’t be able to talk to people and stay connected. I wouldn’t be able to still have some form of my career and craft. The use of technology we have makes me happy because I’m still connecting with people, I’m just not with them. I’ve realized now how great it is. That’s been helpful. I don’t feel alone.
What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today?
Taking time tor rest and pause it okay. I never stop. I think the other thing would be to cherish everything you have because it can go away in a second. Be more grateful and thankful for the things that I have. Our whole worlds were kind of taken away in a week. Nothing is permanent, and life is short and fragile. Find the things that make it worth living and hold onto those.