Restrictions (and my pants) keep getting tighter, but discomfort takes a backseat to health and wellness. And so we are still—understandably—locked in. And obviously, we're not locked in. We just feel locked in, right? Right. At least that's what I keep telling my kids. So while the world rages around us—political unrest, overflowing hospitals, and mandatory face masks—here's what's rocking my boat this week.
Ok, so of course, I watched "The Tiger King" like any good Netflix subscriber, and while it was entertaining, and shocking, and head-shakingly baffling—occupying a good six plus hours of my quarantine—it left me feeling kind of gross. It was just a confluence of so many crappy things and crappy people that I can't say it made quarantine any better. Unlike the supremely powerful Netflix short series "Unorthodox", about a young woman who leaves her Orthodox Jewish community. Loosely based on a true story, it was fascinating, uplifting, and focused on some of the best of humanity. Go watch it. Can't say you don't have time.
2. Backyard Marathon.
We're all finding different ways to cope with this new situation, but I have to admit, some of us are doing it better than others. While I'm over here patting myself on the back for baking a loaf of bread and not strangling my kids, others have taken this quarantine to unbelievable heights. Take James Campbell, a former world class competitive javelin player from England, who wanted to do something interesting for his 32nd birthday. Instead of baking himself a cake, he ran a marathon. IN HIS BACKYARD. I didn't watch the whole thing, but thousands did, and Campbell ended up raising over $30K for the UK National Health Service.
3. The Lost Husband.
4. The Getty Art Challenge.
5. Straight Up Human Kindness.
Sometimes really terrible things—worldwide pandemics—bring out the worst in people. Sometimes it's the opposite. And during this pandemic, I've seen so much goodness it's astounding. From restaurants donating food to healthcare workers; to residents giving hand sanitizer and gloves to postal workers; to tons of signs throughout my community urging us all on, the goodness is big and seems to be contagious. One of my favorite acts of kindness is this one, where hospital personnel are fundraising for ipads so that patients can see their families. Get in while the giving's good.
The Swell List
We're in the midst of a worldwide pandemic. There's plenty of bad news. Here's what I'm crushing on while in lockdown.