Be forewarned: this blog post is not (all) about writing and editing.
Listen, this thing is, to say the least, eye-opening. The virus, the quarantine, the blame-games, the politics – all of it has served as a major wake-up call.
As adults, we’ve all been under the weather at one time or another. I would venture to say we’ve all had the flu or some other crud that has knocked us off our feet for a few days. This, though, is whole new animal.
COVID-19 is kicking our behinds. When I say it’s kicking our behinds, I mean it’s kicking our behinds. Look at the map:
Take a look at the CDC website for the latest information on the spread of this deadly virus. People are dying. As of the writing, Italy has taken over China in the number of fatalities related to COVID-19.
People, we have a limited number of hours on this planet. Whether you’re living under self-quarantine or there is a mandatory quarantine in your case, use the time to reset, regroup, and to recoup.
Reset – I have a whole new respect for the self-employed, especially since I am one of them. I’m using this time to reset my own rules of operation to be more proactive in the event that assignments slow down like they have recently.
Regroup – I’ve decided to add a number of groups to the customers I service. I don’t proclaim to be the super nova of writers and editors, but I am good at what I do and I plan to expand my portfolio.
Recoup – I believe people should use this time to recoup from the rat race. Read a book, spend some much-needed time with the kids, walk the dog, sit by the water – do something that requires nothing more than your presence.