Photo: Felipe Rizo

You deserve a break.

Go outside.
Exercise more.

Stay home. Stay positive.
Be a supportive partner.

Spend more, save your local businesses.
Give more, save your community’s neediest.

Stay informed, but stay off social media. Trust this source, not that one.

Check in on your parents. Your siblings. Aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents.
Protect your kids. School your kids. Feed your kids.

How are your friends doing? How are you doing in comparison to your friends?

Fight Donald Trump and his incompetency. Fight for more masks, more ventilators.

Fight for truth. Fight for your job.
Stay positive.

Stay strong.

Stay busy.

Endure.

Sometimes, it’s just too fucking much.

We’re only human, and all of this is so out of our control. Especially in the United States, ever eager to pat ourselves on the back for our level of development and our healthcare system. To see young people die after being refused treatment because they had no insurance. To see us surpassing the infection numbers of China, a nation with over 4X our population. To see that people were gathering at the Swannie House and AJ’s Clarence Hollow on Friday the 27th, not thinking this was serious at all. It can make you want to scream. Or weep. Or hide in bed.

“This is going to be weeks and weeks and weeks,” Cuomo told members of the National Guard working at the Jacob K. Javits Center in NYC, recently converted into a hospital. “This is going to be a long day, and it’s going to be a hard day, and it’s going to be an ugly day, and it’s going to be a sad day.”

Rise, on our social and in our emails, are often behind some of the positive messaging you see in every corner. We have to be. We ought to be. We cannot all fall into despair. There is work to be done beyond just staying in. People need your energy, your effort, your care, your work. But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a break. A moment, an hour, a day. It’s OK to feel down. To feel sad. Confused. Hopeless.

Then, pull yourself back together and rise up. As Cuomo said, this will be a long, hard day. Look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself, “I can do this. We can do this.”

Remember how good it feels to give. Whether that’s your time, your money, your effort. Just a call. A positive comment online. It goes a LONG way right now.

Here’s a quick bit of music from our friends G Love and Ben Harper.

We will see you all soon. <3