That's a really important question. I’ve had probably my hardest conversations with peers during this pandemic who haven't been able to turn off, haven't been able to look away. I’ve seen a range of healthy approaches, unhealthy approaches, but the reality is there in many instances there isn't a cavalry. We know that we collectively are it.
I’ve pretty much been in the city since the pandemic started. I think the first time I left was late September at the behest of a friend who said ‘come upstate and get away for a couple of days.’ I picked up a cycling, being outdoors, making sure to walk to the water, to Hudson piers park. That's been something I’ve tried to incorporate. And some neighbors started a random text thread at the start of the pandemic ‘hey does anyone need anything?’ and volunteering around efforts to assist community members, working with a friend of mine who formed a non-profit organization for food distribution: Breaking Bread NYC, to help aging jazz musicians who were in need of some produce.
Leaning on our networks, being vocal, therapy as a resource is something I fully encourage for those who are able, and speaking with elders. I’ve kept a regular conversation with my grandmother during this pandemic. No exaggeration, it literally saved her life during one particular instance. I'm mindful that there's a need for us to voice our way through this and sometimes we do that so that others can know it's possible. I think there's power in sharing a journey in the hopes that eases someone else's journey and, try and incorporate some fruits and vegetables. Still working on that one.