I am extremely excited to have published my first poetry book this month of October in one of the world's most anxious and restrictive moments in human history: The global freeze of Covid-19. For some people the social distancing measures, forced self-isolation or quarantine has wreaked havoc on their personal lives, social lives and work lives. For others, this moment in history has tested the resilience of individual's capacity, creative thinking, resources, survival skills and more. Some people have started new businesses, others have taken time to rebuild relationships, others have lost relations and are battling growing anxiety and depression. Covid-19 pandemic measures continue to challenge how people view themselves, their relationship to others and the things they surround themselves with.
For myself, the isolation has encouraged a deeper introspection of what I deem important in my own life. It has forced me to take a critical view on what people and things I need in my life and what I can do without. Most importantly, throughout this pandemic I have found love, a renewed commitment to maintaining family communications, forgiveness, and new hopes and dreams I want to explore. Writing this book was definitely part of that process. I hope it inspires others to further explore their creative side and take risks.
What new projects, relationships or commitments have you decided to explore or overcome despite being encumbered by the Covid-19 pandemic?
© 2020 Shemique Blair