In a society, or rather in a world, plagued with a pandemic that is transmitted through one of the major forms of affection, touch, we are forced to love, but only from a distance. We are forced to get to know people through a mask, to form meaningful relationships with at least a 6ft distance between us, and to break down each other’s walls while having a wall covering half of our face.
From history, we know that creativity and innovation rise in times of crisis. Van Gogh created his masterpiece Starry Night by the moonlight streaming from his window inside an insane asylum in Saint-Remy. Amy Winehouse wrote her hit song Back to Black to describe her descent into heroin addiction following a difficult breakup. This pandemic must too inspire us to find new perspectives and new ways of creating and expressing ourselves.
The past couple of months have been filled with fear and anxiety. With the vast amount of hyper vigilance on our physical health right now, our brains are in panic mode. What was once a seasonal allergy, every day sneeze, or just plain tiredness, has now been carved into what potentially may or may not be what we all fear most, Covid-19.
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