The irony is that as a result of our isolation, our social distancing, we are getting a glimpse into the many ways in which we are connected and dependent on one another. We are protecting ourselves, and our families; we are also protecting each other. We see the world turned upside down and shutting down; fear of the unknown is disrupting a nonchalant approach to living that many of us have taken in the past. The attitude of indifference to the suffering of others and of our environment is over. No one is immune. Where we were focused on our differences in the past, we are getting a glimpse now at the way that the world exists as one cohesive organism.
Let’s find ways to fill our souls with beauty and inspiration. Reach out, stay in touch (at a distance), be patient and understanding when someone expresses fear. And look after your own wellbeing, too. I’m spending time in the studio just exploring. Shows will be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop creating. I’ll listen to music that makes me move joyfully. I’ve been heading to the rocky shoreline along Nova Scotia’s Atlantic Ocean, rock-hopping, walking along the coastal paths and feeling the cold wind and sunshine on my face. Those things lift me up when I’m feeling down. I haven’t hugged a friend in many days, but I know that the minute this is over, there will be a hug-fest like never before. I’m holding on to that and counting on all of you to keep your chin up and hearts open.
Let’s stay in touch. Let’s share our thoughts and feelings openly and help each other wherever and whenever we can. This is our chance to become who we were meant to be on earth.