You could say this month has been catastrophic for a lot of reasons. As I sit here finally writing some words, I’ve barely had the energy to write, read, or think the last 25 days or so. It still feels like the beginning of March but in reality, the whole month has practically swept by in one mega rush of bad news.
So, time has just happened and I’ve barely felt like I’ve clung to reality. Working in new during a daily national emergency is hard. Every day, really every hour, is constant breaking news. It becomes incredibly difficult to stay on top of the tsunami of news – much less get off home and not think about the news.
As everything was cancelled during the second week of this month, I felt like I couldn’t look away. There was breaking news nearly every hour – i came home from work, and i still couldn’t turn away. Anytime, I set my phone down, something bad happened. Another event cancelled. Another city on lockdown. Another famous person diagnosed. More tragedies.
Anyway, it’s been hard to think through creative things in the middle of this global crisis. But since i’ve been radio silent over here for nearly a whole month, time to actually work through what being creative during a crisis looks like. So, let’s discuss.
Bad things happen all over …
Something several folks have pointed out – many people ignored COVID-19 until it hit the West. And that’s certainly true to a degree. In my news producing, I worked at informing our audience about the virus in China and South Korea but we certainly didn’t put that sort of news in the top of our news broadcasts. Buried after presidential impeachments and elections and murder. But even if the news mentioned the Coronavirus, most people just ignored it.
Hundreds of thousands of people in lockdown in Asia didn’t impact my creativity. Yes, I knew people were hurting but i still lived fairly normally.
And I think that’s not just me, and not just now. People around the world live in crisis all the time. there are so many bad things happening that don’t seem to impact our daily lives and so they just get ignored.
So yes, this pandemic has somehow affected most of us. I’ve had friends loose their jobs, loose out on their graduation and their senior year, and others cancel weddings.
It’s normal, healthy and good to mourn. But also realize that one shouldn’t hyper focus on all our losses.
Hope in a Crisis
I’m really sure you’ve probably heard stories about Newton or other famous people doing something really cool or great during the Bubonic plague or other bad things. So, I won’t bore you by quoting those overused tales.
Instead, I’ll mention my favorite Hope in a Crisis moment. Narnia! Yes, Narnia.
While the Nazi’s are trying to bomb London into giving up, the Pevensie children flee to the countryside. Stuck away from friends and family, they discover a whole new world of evil and good. Sure, it’s an escape from the literal evil of fascism and war, but also grounded in reality. (someone, somewhere, Liz, Narnia wasn’t real???)
anyway, Narnia to me is about Hope in a Crisis. Hope in the story for the Pevensie kids and Hope as the author tells the story during the middle of a war. Creating while the world is being torn apart.
and while I know everyone can’t create during this rough time, I do think people can do great things while we self isolate. Whether that’s the VERY funny tiktoks happening right now or the writers who can focus more on writing or my instagram friend who work on creating something new every day. by choosing to do something other than constantly checking the news.
basically, if it’s not refreshing twitter, it’s hopeful. So keep being hopeful.
anyway, fairly short post, especially since I’ve been radio silent that last few weeks. but I wanted to write something more thoughtful before I start drafting book reviews or other things.
I hope you all are well, enjoying staying home and not worrying too much. If you have been able to work on something while we’re self-isolating, talk about it in the comments! Would love to hear about your quarantine days.