In San Francisco, some of us have been sheltering-in-place for over a week or so. It all started around the 12th of March – when the figures of authority began to outline the plan. I was made aware of COVID-19 on January 26, a day before I needed to fly back home from London. I got a test from a family member telling me to be careful while passing through Heathrow and beyond. The funny thing is, I mentioned the concerns to the taxi driver taking me to the airport and he simply shrugged it off. Something lots of people seem to do or have done ever since, when it hit close to their home.
But here we all are, trying our best to adapt to this new lifestyle and not go stir-crazy. I read online how parents asking for help with their kids schooling, or voicing concern about senior graduation and prom, and even about vacations and weddings. How quickly the virus has spread and wreaked havoc on everyone’s life is a clear indication of how vulnerable we all are.
So today I share with you the following questions and look forward to your response.
Who do you admire most in this world, and why?
- I admire all the people who risk their own health and safety to ensure the safety and well being of others. Who go above and beyond to help ease anxiety and tensions, and maintain a normalcy within the chaos. I admire the old, whose undeniable faith in God, and traditions are the reason they persevered.
What are five things you absolutely, positively, totally want to do before you die, and how can you do one of them THIS YEAR?
- The five things are – see the Northern Lights in Iceland or Norway. Hike the Pennine Way, England and Scotland. Visit New Zealand. Rent A House for a year in Cornwall, England. Save all the creatures on the verge of extinction. The only thing I can possibly do this year is live vicariously through another novel I am currently working on.
What would you truly lose, deep down, if you lost what you are most scared of losing?
- My loyal companion – my fifteen year old dog – who is showing me more signs every day that he is ready to go. But when we make eye contact, he relays just how much he is worried about me when he does…and I have to agree with him.