Excerpt from the writing: How COVID-19 Quarantine Inspired My New YouTube Series by Gayima Kanu
… I called my cousin, a travel-enthusiast and nurse who is fighting COVID-19 in New York City. I wanted to check on her mental health. The news was saying a lot, but I needed to know how she was coping. She was evasive at first, armor up, emotions buried, but I refused to change the subject. She finally responded with a deep sigh.
“(American) People just need to be more compassionate, Yima. I’m seeing memes and posts…people are complaining about being quarantined. I’m used to going to work and dealing with people dying on my shift. Now, people are dying at higher rates, because of COVID-19! I have fewer days off to rebuild my mind. I’m getting tired. My mind is tired. I swear, it’s crazy out here. ”
COVID-19 is at the forefront of my mind, but creating this series and hosting my online happy hour is helping my mental health, and I know the content will help my cousin and others in her shoes too. If you are privileged like me, with more time on your hands to create, don’t take the time for granted. Now that the world is under quarantine, we need to tap into our creativity and connect to one another like never before.