Giving Back, My Way
What a time, ay?
This is just a little blog post I hadn't planned or thought out, but began writing on a whim.
In a way, I had a feeling this (and by this, I mean the looming thing hovering over all of us right now) was coming for some time. But even with that, I don't feel I really prepared myself for it as I should. I had down moments this week, heart palpitations, fearful thoughts and panicked conversations. I felt at a loss, even when I know I'm not alone. And, as this madness spreads over to every corner of the world, it really had me thinking, what can I do?
I, like so many in the community, have been wondering what my small part in all of this is. Other than washing my hands and practising self-distancing, that is. So, on Saturday, I did the only thing I knew how to do.
It's a group for creatives, including writers, readers, bujo-ers, photographers, you name it, you are invited. In all of the craziness of the world, in all of the seclusion, we already feel because a lot of creative tasks are solo, I wanted a space where you can unwind and connect. Where I could unwind, and connect. It's not about gaining followers, it's just about keeping your mind centred and your chin
up; it's a place you can escape everything.
I understand for many, hosting it on Facebook is limiting, but it's what I could do.
In the past, I grew a group (or, a community, I should say) with fellow writer, Suzanne Rho, and we made such a safe place for people, it seemed we could do it once again now. So, if you're feeling alone, the impending isolation period getting you down, come join us. We'll have daily questions up, resources to get out of your own head, and book recommendations plus much more.
Understandably, it's not a lot, I know that. It's such a small thing in the grand scheme of things.
But, right now, it's the best I can do as I try to
remain working full-time as long as I can. Because outside of my internet life, writing and reading, I work full-time in healthcare for a hospital. So while I want to be out there shopping for everyone in my community, right now I can't, but I can do this.
In the coming weeks, I'm going to try and upload some things here like book recommendations, shows to watch, music to unwind to etc.
Until then, be kind, check-in with yourself, and most importantly, wash your hands.