June was rough. I found myself spiraling into self-preservation and feeling less and less hopeful about the state of our country. I know I wasn’t alone in this feeling and yet not having the usual places and unstructured time with friends meant I was trying to process everything alone. I was also taking two summer classes and still working.

Gratefully I know more or less what I need to do when these feelings start. Eat good food, rest, exercise, play, and make more space for reflection and meditation. In these practices, I quickly realized that a big piece of my emotional state was our collective growing acceptance that the pandemic was nowhere near done. Many of the short term adjustments we made needed to be reevaluated for their sustainability. …

Cassandra Lawrence

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