May you be resilient if you have been or will be experiencing challenges. May you creatively find ways to go beyond resilience and even thrive.

I’m feeling compelled to share my experience with corona virus in Canada:

Since March, I have been in 3 countries (including 5 provinces in Canada). I have been to 8 different airports. I have been on many airplanes, trains, subways, buses. I have seen scores of clients in multiple cities.

In the deepest periods of the lockdown here in Montreal (which was, at the time, in the top ten cities with the highest cases per million inhabitants), I made it a practice to go and see a different friend (from 2m away) each day. During this time I was stopped by police multiple times for, to name a few: walking up stairs in a park, driving on a highway an hour’s drive from my place of residence, and playing frisbee. It was recommended to me by police that I carry ID with me. At one point, when I told people I was flying to the USA, for example, I was surprised that most people didn’t know that that was possible. What a mindset that has been and is in formation!

I have been tested 5 times, all negative.

I have had an antibody test (September), also negative, showing that I have likely never contracted the virus.

I take government advisories not as orders, but as non-binding reminders that something is afoot. I rest in the not-knowing, balancing paranoia and trust. Though not super strict with my personal COVID protocols, I am not reckless, care-less, nor do I defy the law. I take care to protect myself and others. And, I continue to live and thrive.

I received the emergency benefit from the Canadian government for two months until I could generate enough money on my own to live.

I am very fortunate (we are so very fortunate here in Canada).

I am so very fortunate to not have a compromised immune system.

I also live with fortitude. And I recognise that my fortitude comes, in part, from my good fortune and privilege.

I share this here not to compel you to do what I do. I don’t pretend that I am invincible or immune, or that I know something you don’t. I share this here to demonstrate that good news may also be a part of what informs you and the way you engage during these times.

May you be resilient if you have been or will be experiencing challenges. May you creatively find ways to go beyond resilience and even thrive.

I don’t believe that being responsible necessarily means that we need to stop living fully (and then, what does that mean, exactly?). And, yes, may this new addition to our lives change the way we live!

 

As we adapt, let’s be able to respond from a place of safe, but not repressive, boundaries.

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