What’s most important to you right now? 

Making sure that everyone I care about is okay.

What was most important to you before you had to social distance? 

Pushing both of my careers as far as they could go.

What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over? 

I’m going to spend an entire day outside eating at all my favorite restaurants. When this is over, I want to see all my friends in person. And Madge [the Pug].

What are you doing to pass the time? 

I was working from home but I got put on furlough yesterday so now I’m learning lots of magic, and working on a show. I started making masks. I figured out I could make them out of shower caps. I don’t know if I can give them to hospitals–I don’t think so, I don’t think they’ll take them–but I can certainly give them to friends and people who feel uncomfortable not being able to get masks, and people who are immunocompromised. It’s better than nothing–I just want to feel like I’m helping in some way. 

What makes you happy right now?

FaceTiming my friends and family, and trying to go for a walk. 

What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today?

To take it seriously from the beginning and emotionally prepare myself for the quarantine and for sort of losing everything that you take for granted every day. Emotionally prepare myself to lose both jobs–at least temporarily–and to not see my friends in person, not go out to dinner, and to not get to go out on dates. All the stuff that you’re like “that’s silly, of course we’ll still be able to do that!” To emotionally prepare myself so it doesn’t hit so hard. Try to come to terms with it. I think I felt very in denial for at least a couple weeks in there. That feels bad, when you finally have to be like, “no, this is real.”


Rachel W-New York City

DAY 13