Coming up on week one of confinement here in Paris. Too early to get reliable data on the effects of this, but there is definitely a change in the city in terms of number of people out and about. One can only assume in time this will help “flatten the curve,” as they say, cutting down the number of new cases, and helping ease influx at hospitals.
Today, I’m thinking about everyone on the front line. Healthcare workers, grocery store staff, delivery people, city workers keeping things going. Here in France, every night at 8pm, we have a little ritual to thank the healthcare workers who are putting their health on the line for us: we all open our windows and applaud for one minute. We clap and hoot, and the few cars on the streets start tooting their horns. It’s a moment when we all come together. After the minute is up, we hang out our windows and chat. It’s fast becoming my favorite time of day.
I took a video, here. (Watch with tissues.):
Community is what gets us through tough times. Being isolated during confinement makes it harder to feel a part of a community, but it’s still there. At 8pm every night, I’m reminded. Do what you can to reach out to your community, even virtually. Over here, we’ve taken to organizing virtual aperos on Zoom to replace our habit of meeting up at cafés for drinks before dinner. And every morning, I have a coffee chat via Whatsapp with my posse to keep the ideas and good vibes flowing.
This time of confinement can actually connect us more than ever, so make an effort to check in on “your people” regularly. The best way to get out of your own head? Think about others.
Tip for the day:
If you feel alone, join an affinity group on Facebook. I know this isn’t groundbreaking advice, but if you’ve never joined one, it’s a great way to connect and share ideas. There are many out there, so you can find the perfect fit: book clubs, expat hangouts, writers’ groups, parents’ support, creative spaces, entrepreneur coaching, music lovers—the list is endless. Or start your own. We’re here for you.