BY CYRENE RENEE
As we all are affected by the global pandemic of the Coronavirus Covid-19. It’s obvious that life as we have known it up to now has been altered expeditiously. I have noticed something. As terrible and horrific as this moment is, there is also a forced time for pause. Most of us except for first responders and other mission essential personnel, are home. For some, this could possibly be the worst-case scenario. Although, having the virus is the worst and most dangerous. I refuse to spend my time thinking of the negatives when there are people in worse off positions than myself.
Let’s now exempt the fact that I am a natural homebody. I must admit, I love being home. I love being in my personal space. It has always been my favorite place to be. It is the time where I can create and explore my own imagination, meditate, breathe and focus on my goals. I am also aware that this isn’t the case for everyone. This is bigger than my quiet time. This is about saving lives and keeping the collective “us” well and safe. So, now that we are home, what do we do? Over the weekend, I saw some remarkable things. We are coming together from our personal spaces and battling it as one. Social media is being used in creative ways.
This is a list of activities I have seen hosted by celebrities, brands, artists and businesses (Most if not all these activities are free):
- Online concerts (Erykah Badu, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend…)
- DJ Parties (Over the weekend, Dnice on Instagram Live partied with over 135K listeners)
- Dance Lessons (The Alvin Alley Dance Company and Debbie Allen hosted free dance lessons)
- Watch parties with other fans for movies and series
- Virtual workouts
- Museums are allowing free virtual tours and art exhibits.
- Movie and music streaming services (Netflix, Prime, Hulu, Disney Plus, YouTube, Tidal, Spotify…)
- Educational courses (K-12 tutoring and activities, free courses for certain universities)
I’m sure there are more, but this is what I have personally seen on my own timeline and social media platforms. I have also seen a couple posts negating some of these virtual gatherings. I am not going to give this too much energy. Allow people to do what they need to do in their own way to get through this time. Yes, we are all able to forge our own opinions, but let people live. We all maybe stressed and dealing with some type of anxiety and are welcomed to our own escape.
If you are a creative, this is a good time create. Paint, write, draw, play, sing, sew and do what you have been wanting to do. Do what your spirit has drawn within your design. Be your talented self. Be your gifted self. Relax. Make that business plan or dust the book you have been meaning to read off the shelf. It has been wonderful to see the assistance from designers help with the shortage of masks for the healthcare heroes. Local businesses and individuals donating gloves, masks and gowns to hospitals and facilities. Please check with your local schools and restaurants for listings of where children can receive free meals, remote learning supplies for home schooling and learning activities. These functions vary state by state and country to country. We are all going through this at the same time. The choices we make will affect others. There is comfort in unity. Remember to adhere to your local and federal government official’s guidance.
Links for Coronavirus Covid-19 Updates
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
New York Department of Health