Canta's covid-19 series day #11
Note from the editor
How are you going? I hope all is well with you and your bubbles.
Last week just flew by!
As a born-extrovert, I expected isolation to be absolutely terrible. However, I swear I haven’t felt this energised and un-tired in what feels like forever. It gives you a new perspective when you have literally nowhere to be, and you are forced to slow down. I’m learning a new way of working. It is one where you can be productive and have lots of things to do, but you approach it with the slow mentality. One where you flow with the process, applying the calming energy and action of taking one step at a time. Isolation has been a great reminder to focus on myself, the things I want to do, and the energy I want to bring to the world.
I’ve also been learning to change the meaning of “success” and “accomplishment.” I’ve found it can be very easy to just let the day slip by, where you make little progress on anything and get to the end of the day feeling guilty for achieving absolutely nothing but having eaten a lot of oreos… For you see, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve achieved in the day, all that really matters is how much fun you’ve had, how much you’ve laughed, how much you’ve simply enjoyed the day. I have always wanted to be good at drawing, and so I’ve taken it upon myself to spend less time looking down at a screen and more time, pencil in hand, looking down at soft, fresh, cloudy-white parchment paper. And the thing is, I’m absolutely terrible at drawing (it does make me giggle sometimes hahah), and for so long I felt this pressure to draw for a purpose, for some sort of productive outcome…which is why I’ve avoided it for so long. Now I see the value in drawing, simply, because it brings me so much joy. I’ve recently discovered that creating is the only thing which calms and quietens the ever loud and wild voice in my mind.
In saying that I’ve been enjoying the quiet, slow pace of isolation, I am also getting geared up to finally be free of this and to dive back into adventures. I miss people! The bullet-point list of this year’s bucket list has gotten exponentially longer….In a bout of ultimate procrastination from sleeping the other night, I ended up getting lost on the Instagram scoll and I came across this little skater dude and in his bio he had written, “Sometimes later becomes never. Go chase your dreams now.” On that note, I really hope you’re using this time to fuel yourselves with your dreams, desires and passions, not taking this life we have for granted.
Note from the deputy editor
Kia ora ppl,
We’re on day 11 and I’m starting to feel a lil crazy. As an introvert who is always rushing home to be alone in my room with books and Netflix, I thought this lockdown would be a breeze (having a government-mandated reason to not leave the house? The dream!) but honestly? I’m kind of struggling.
Yesterday I cried for a few hours, napped for a few hours, made some cookies, ate said cookies, then spooned my cat. That’s it. Maybe it was hormones, or missing my friends, or my parents driving me insane, but whatever the reason, I just felt … really shit.
With a global pandemic and an enforced national lockdown, it can feel as though you have no control over your life. Plans have been cancelled (still crying about the postponed MCR concert), uni is cancelled — essentially, everything is cancelled. We’re stuck at home, unable to see our friends, and the days have lapsed into unstructured stretches of time that is simultaneously passing by surprisingly fast and excruciatingly slowly. Even social media is no longer a welcome distraction, as you’re bombarded with people showing off their newfound skills and hobbies, baking and workouts — all reminders of how you’re wasting this time doing nothing.
It’s normal to feel this way. We’re all feeling a bit discombobulated and for those self-isolating with their family, it can be pretty suffocating. Be gentle with yourself. This month (and maybe more) is gonna be long and weird. It’s inevitable that you’re gonna have a few bad days. Sometimes it’s best to pull yourself together and implement a daily routine of healthy habits — for me that’s a 7am wakeup to go for a long walk (my designated outing!), yoga practice, journaling, and at least attempting to write my English lit essay. However, sometimes ya just gotta let yourself be sad, curl up in bed all day consuming large quantities of comfort food, and maybe indulge in a lil herbal medicine.
It also helps to put things in perspective. We are so lucky that in the midst of a global pandemic we have access to a warm home, plentiful food, internet, books, FaceTime, family, and friends. A lot of people don’t have that. Some people live in cramped, cold homes, scrounging to make enough dinner for their families. Some people are forced into isolation with their abusers. There’s old people struggling to do their weekly shop, living in solitude. Think of addicts, the homeless, and those struggling with mental health issues. My heart goes out to those facing this pandemic in refugee camps, or who live in extreme poverty. This doesn’t mean we can’t feel sad though; everything is relative and your shit’s your shit, ya know? But it helps to practice gratitude, and appreciate all the immense privileges and luxuries we so often take for granted.
We’ve still got a while to go before we can re-enter society and hug our friends, so take it one day at a time, check in on your loved ones, and spread positivity and love wherever you can.
- The total of confirmed cases in New Zealand has increased to 1106, but there has been a “levelling off,” which means we have avoided exponential growth (woohoo, hard work pays off – to keep this number down, we need to continue what we’ve been doing – sticking within our bubble, only adventuring out for exercise, fresh air and to get groceries).
- There are 13 people in the hospital including three in ICU, one of whom is critical. Two people have been discharged from hospital since yesterday.
- The Director General of Health, Ashley Bloomfield, has said that they would be advising the Government on whether New Zealand’s lockdown alert level could move back to level 3 when the number of cases shows quite comfortably that it is levelling off, with the daily number of cases dropping.