I've been working on this calendar idea since January. I spent much of February drafting a business plan to prove to myself (and others) that this idea isn't wholly absurd and impossible. Ridiculously ambitious, yes--but not impossible.
And just when I was beginning to really start building this thing... the world sucked in its breath.
To be frank, I am voluntarily self-isolating, because I have close family members in the area who have been struggling with lung infections for the past month already. I want to do whatever I can to #FlattenTheCurve, not just for my family (so that I may be healthy to take care of them, if necessary), but for others who are similarly vulnerable. I have lost a beloved family member to the flu (I repeat, the flu) because they were immunocompromised, so I take this sort of thing pretty seriously and with reason.
All that being said, I am also genuinely concerned about all of the gig workers, service industry folks, artists & performers, events & programming folks, museum folks, travel industry folks, small business folks, and the list goes on. Suddenly, I'm looking at this business plan of mine wondering if any of it really matters after all this.
But—wait—pause. What if this site could still be the resource I dreamed it could be, but for public health & safety information, for community support & outreach, for moral support, for innovative opportunities for connection in a time of unease, isolation, and dismay? What if this blog could bring a small amount of comfort—any amount of comfort—to those in self-isolation & self-quarantine and to those who must bravely continue to face the craziness (dare I mention Wegmans). What if this is a real & honest way I can do my small part?
OK. Deep breath. Even though I have no idea if any of this will work, I still have to try.
Photo credit: Maxwell Harvey-Sampson