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  • Perspective//Underwater (my version of a COVID-19 update)

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    Happy Aloha Sunday! What a week. I started writing this as an IG post on Thursday, but it got really long, so I decided to write a blog post. I clearly don't update this regularly, partly because I've been planning to change things up for years, and just haven't made the time. I can't remember when I last logged in here...and just saw a message that the entire platform will be shutting down for good in a couple of months, so that will force me to build something new. :)
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    I took a long social media break at the beginning of the year, it was lovely. I spent the last chunk of January in San Francisco, visiting my good friend who is having her first baby in a month. :) I hiked around Mori Point and Land's End, explored Sutro Baths, the Presidio and Marin Headlands, saw some bison, rode some cable cars, and even had my first surf of the year at Linda Mar. It was wonderful. I love the bay and have since been making moves to see if I can realistically expand my business over there. During the trip, I was also mentally preparing for what I knew would be a challenging February. Perhaps one day I'll share details, but suffice it to say, February was the hardest month of my life. I am fully aware that I've had a fortunate life, but everything is relative. And after being inactive, out of water, and in semi-isolation basically all month (on top of a whole host of other things), I was so excited to gradually re-enter society, just in time for the world to go into lockdown.
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    These are crazy times. Since last Saturday, I had a wedding and four sessions scheduled, and fortunately the wedding went beautifully, and all but one couple were able to make their trips/sessions, and the weather (usually the main stressor in my work life) somehow cooperated! But also this past week, in the span of 3 days, all of my work for the next 3+ months vanished. *Poof* As much as I was shocked and worried about not having an income for the foreseeable future, it was heartbreaking to hear about the huge life milestones being canceled or indefinitely postponed. I love my job and feel fortunate that I get to help people document amazing moments and memories in their lives, which is why communicating with everyone took an emotional toll. Weddings, honeymoons, babymoons, family reunions, all canceled. I know how much time, effort, and heart went into planning all of these events, and I could only imagine being on the other end.
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    *I'm not writing this to complain, or for sympathy. What's happening around the world is DEVASTATING. I'm extremely worried about our elder and immunocompromised populations, and I personally don't think we're doing enough to protect everyone. I also know that aside from the horrendous health crisis, there are far worse places to be and people and industries that are struggling much more. I truly feel for the restaurant and visitor industries, all artists and small businesses, and let's be real, I feel for humanity right now.
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    I'm simply sharing this for solidarity's sake. We are in this together, and we will get through it together. Let's continue supporting each other in ALL THE WAYS. I truly believe that we can come out stronger on the other side if everyone steps up their kindness game just one notch. I loved seeing the infinitely long IG story repost string of "Artists Supporting Artists" that my studiomate Gavin (Reckonshop) tagged me and all of the other Lana Lane Studios artists in. I so appreciate the hilarious memes, the SF Create Night cancellation email referencing toilet-paper-based cryptocurrency, the challenging and comforting conversations about social distancing, the group chats keeping us connected, the uplifting stories of people helping people. They give me hope. And laughter goes a long way right now.
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    On Tuesday, I jumped in our (now-closed) pool because there was a south shore brown water warning and I needed to be in water. I got my dive mask and was hanging out underwater looking up, watching raindrops fall. I grabbed my phone and started taking photos (iPhones say they're waterproof but my speaker didn't work for a few hours after, so I don't entirely recommend this). This isn't a reflection, but a tree shot from underwater. I sent it to my friend in the middle of our text conversation about social distancing, and she said, "Love that pic! So totally how life feels right now." I replied, "Do you mean it feels artsy and mysterious, or like drowning?" She "haha'd" it but never answered the question. ;) Talking to another friend on Wednesday, I said that usually I love it, but right now it would be nice to not live alone, and she (wife and mom of 2) said, "I would LOVE to be alone right now!" :D I guess the grass is always greener. She told me she'd kill all 3 of them by the end of the week. We laughed really hard and I said I should offer my mom friends my place for a few hours when I go to surf or hike. She said that if I did, everyone would get divorced.
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    Keep the humor coming, friends. And the kindness. Compassion goes a long way right now, too. I know this post was a mixed bag, but I hope to share positive messages while also keeping it real. I'm excited because I may *for once in my life* actually catch up on editing!!! Once I do, I plan to create a print shop. It's been on my to-do list for years, and what better time than now. Feel free to hold me to it. I know by the time it's ready, no one will have money to buy prints, but I'll gladly accept the aforementioned crypto. ;) Sending love and light and virtual hugs. #keepyourdistance
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    **I'd like to give a sincere THANK YOU to everyone providing essential services right now to keep us going...from police/fire/security to grocery store workers to delivery truck drivers and everyone in between, and especially ALL medical professionals. Thank you forever.
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    (Sorry for all the --- I can't remember how to create paragraphs here) *facepalm emoji*
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