These are strange times

2020 has been rough, to say the least. We started the year with devastating bushfires in Australia signifying drastic effects of climate change, then promptly transitioned to COVID-19 spreading throughout the world (every Asian mother’s worst nightmare!) Biden looks to be the clear Democratic nominee as of this week, and I don’t know a single young person happy about that.

Coronavirus has become the start and end of every conversation I’ve had lately. Workplaces, schools, and community organizers have been taking precautions, cancelling events and encouraging or mandating remote work. People are stocking up on groceries and goods (thread with tips on what to get). Suffice to say, the majority of us and our individual health will be fine, yet it is important for us to take this seriously and practice social distancing for the health of our community, especially the elderly.

In a conversation with a friend on coronavirus, we agreed that this does not feel like a time for hustling, but instead for survival. Lately my motivation to work, create, or play has plummeted. It feels easy to acquiesce to anxiety and boredom when I feel absolutely no semblance of control, as opposed to the illusion of it. Much of this is caused by many days working from home, only briefly leaving the house or seeing friends. While I’m doing my best to savor and extend the hours spent outside, I can’t help but be anxious for what’s to come in the following weeks.

But there is always comfort. Gu’s beautiful comic (preview below) shows the value of kindness for ourselves and each other during these times. When institutions fail to protect or save us, it is our neighbors and friends who can provide. Coronavirus memes on the internet have also been providing much needed laughter, and it is always inspiring to see people’s creativity arise from any situation.

Discoveries of the week:

The show must go on: how artists are performing without live audiences.

Generate hand washing infographics to your favorite song.

A Korean drama on making your own way towards a happy life (I binged this last week and it’s now among my top five K-dramas. Features Choi Woo Shik and Park Seo Joon of Parasite fame!)