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  • Yaa Asantewaa Faraji

Life in the time of COVID-19

No one was prepared to withstand this in our lifetime.

We'd seen War of the Worlds; The Day After Tomorrow; I am Legend - no one thought these monstrosities would actually come to life.

The Mayans got it right when they predicted that the world would end in the Julian year 2012 - calendar year 2020. For most of us, that end of the world has spiked a series of panic, insanity, isolation, reprioritization, boredom and several rolls of toilet paper across the globe .

Beginning February 2020, COVID-19 shocked the world when it was discovered in Wuhan China. In just 14 days, the novel coronavirus had traveled across the world, forcing unprecedented quarantines and lockdown in some of the world's most powerful countries.

8 months later and we're still in the thick of things. There still isn't a vaccine. Restaurants, theme parks, movie theaters, comedy clubs, bars, museums, arcades and the trust of billions around the world are still closed.

So what now? With no end in sight, 25% of U.S. adults in economic decay and its social justice brother beating down the doors of systemic oppression, there's no telling what can happen next.

So what is to be done with our lives in time of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic?

Rediscover Yourself - Never before has there been an occasion where we've been forced to eliminate entertainment and distraction. We've been given an amazing opportunity to find out who we are - who we really are - without pretense or performance. We are encouraged to redefine our greatest qualities and confront our ugliest truths. It isn't always easy, in fact, it's hard most days. But the beauty on the other side is more rewarding than a happy hour cocktail.

Explore your family or friends - The real ones are there for you, the fake ones never were. You begin to appreciate the love in your life, and you've gotten a second chance to show your appreciation for their support. Don't take this time for granted. Show these folks how much they mean to you - every day and while you can.

Pursue that bucket list passion - At least one new skill or talent has been discovered for us all during this year-long pandemic. Whether you've always had a secret passion for the culinary arts, been dying to start that podcast, been needing to transition from your 9-5 to full time professional acting, or just need to drive across the country to see what this land has to offer - do it. Do it now. Before it's too late. Time is a gift and it's on your side.

Get Creative - We aren't all so fortunate to live in California where there's patio dining, hiking trails, beaches, sunshine and drive-in theaters to keep us sane. For some, you'll have to exercise your creative muscle just a bit more. But what an adventure! There's a plethora of ideas just waiting to bloom from that mind of yours - and the inner child in you has been dying for decades to finish that fort you forgot about in your adolescent years. Give it a go while the going's good.

Get Simple - The human condition doesn't need smoke and mirrors to prove that it is alive. All that's needed is peace, water and gratitude. Meditate, pray, give thanks for another day of life. Everything happens for a reason.

No one knows how long the COVID-19 pandemic will last. Some say for the rest of 2020. Others say for years to come. But one thing is certain: we're living in a moment of history. Make sure you write the story you want to tell when it's all said and done.


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