Today It hasn’t been the greatest day ever. Coronavirus is such an unexpected event of this year and decade. Coming from Italy, one of the most infected countries in the Western world, the whole situation has been chaotic. The news keep sizzling and giving out pieces of information that are sometimes scary, sometimes not substantial enough and sometimes even not taken into much consideration. But as a millennial journalist, I know that. That’s how it is nowadays. Fake news, shallowness, click-baits: nothing unusual. It’s our duty of journalists and media consumers to skim the food that we’re fed with, aka the words we read and watch on our technological devices.
Social media is being such a help these last days. Many users are making a good use of the most engaging platforms, like Instagram and Twitter. Again, having family from both Italy and Brazil, most of the sources and content that I take news from come from Instagram and official credited national newspapers’ websites. Twitter is used more in the USA, as a reflection also of the fast and dynamic economy that this country has always performed and proudly shown off. The creative community on social media is getting inventive and supportive, especially because its members are the most affected by this new economic shift we’re witnessing, especially in the fashion, editorial, and entertainment industries. However, the internet is saving us in many different ways.
Food businesses like cafes, restaurants, and bars are limiting their options to take-out and delivery services. In this way they’re still operating for their own income, but they’re also maintaining their clientele satisfied and fed. Right, but how about people who prefer and know and are more comfortable cooking their own food at home? Supermarkets and groceries are still working, even though time schedules are different and distance precautions are taken more and more into consideration – in Europe, specifically in Italy and Spain, shoppers must give themselves a 3 feet distance between each other. The situation gets problematic for those who can’t afford a roof or a meal: homeless and financially troubled people are finding help in shelters and non-profits, like in the Bay Area and in the Miami area.
National organizations are providing grants and loans for creatives in the fields of photography, film, visual, theatre, dance, and much more. Celebrities are giving donations to those in extreme need and influencers are being vocal more and more about the current emergency.
This is a time when everyone needs to:
- Recognize your privilege and work within in it. Ask yourself how can you help yourself, so that you can help others. Ask yourself how and who you want to help, because you won’t be able to save everybody: you must make a choice and be realistic about your actions. Ask yourself how can you invest your time during these hectic days, by being aware of the problem and not panic.
- Feed yourself and drink tons of water. Fasting can be a great choice, if your health allows you to do it.
- Support artists. Support health professionals. Read and keep yourself updated. Respect journalists’ work and effort in reporting news. We must practice empathy and patience, and common sense, which is often not that common.
Again, it’s been a hard day’s night. I wish I were singing the Beatles song with a huge smile on my face, but what I’m practicing at the moment is constructive positivism: I won’t let any temporary emotion trigger my work nor make me feel unworthy – shoutout to one of my latest readings. Being a senior, ready-to-graduate, college student, is rough right now, in addition to my creative ventures and legitimate uncertain future that every soon-to-be-graduated person faces. The strongest ones will become leaders of a new era, a new economy, and a new lifestyle. We must keep strong. We must feel our feelings. We must be bigger than our hearts and minds: a whole spirit.
Stay safe and be mindful,