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Isolation is hard. Here's how to feel a little less alone, with digital gatherings or just a book.

Living alone

There's a difference between being alone and being lonely. 

Part of this time might be dedicated to read a book or find ways to create, doing a painting, or physical things.

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Isolation is hard. Here's how to feel a little less alone, with digital gatherings or just a book.

Isolation is hard. Here's how to feel a little less alone, with digital gatherings or just a book.

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2020/3/19/21183551/coronavirus-social-distancing-strategies-tips

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Another kind of crisis

During the weeks and potentially months of isolation, there will be widespread loneliness. Because we have to cancel the in-person events, is doesn't mean we can't create a digital gathering.

People are getting creative about how to be together apart. Ideas include friends cooking the same recipes together simultaneously, or ordering the same takeout together and getting on a FaceTime call.

Unwanted gatherings

In the current crisis, people may find themselves forced together with people they don't want to be forced together with.

If you are forced together with a roommate, you don't like, set some ground rules with each other. Find out how you are going to navigate this new experience, so you all stay safe and have a little joy.

Those who are in a situation of abuse should contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline to seek help.

Living alone

There's a difference between being alone and being lonely. 

Part of this time might be dedicated to read a book or find ways to create, doing a painting, or physical things.

Rethinking schools and business

Some people find they get a lot out of working or learning from home. The assumptions of why we do what we do are upended. New ways of being will come together because the current crisis is unprecedented. There are many opportunities to invent new ways of doing things together and apart.

Rituals we might leave behind

Before the outbreak, people used to think to just get over the social stuff and get straight to business. At this moment, people are fighting for structured, meaningful connection time.

We are rethinking the roles of teachers: Is the fundamental purpose of a teacher to be a content provider, a facilitator, or a coach?

Even the Senate has to meet digitally, and if it affects the core body of the governing system, it could be an opportunity to revisit specific rules of how they gather.

Social gathering

When all this is over, we'll be more aware and very deeply grateful for the way we gather. 

We'll also find other ways to create warmth across distances. We'll be surprised how much digital intimacy can be created.

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