“I feel like I’m working really hard to keep all of these doors closed in my mind, to try to keep all of these scary thoughts out of my head. Most of the time it works. But not today. “
Actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who has been quarantined with his wife, writer Emily V. Gordon, who is also at greater risk of contracting COVID-19, is also feeling the stress of the lockdown.
In a series of tweets on Sunday morning, Kumail explained how he and many people are feeling eight months after the start of the pandemic.
He criticized the current administration for the way it has handled the virus, but also spoke of the desperation he feels when things like wearing a mask are projected as a sign of weakness.
“I feel like I’m working really hard to keep all these doors closed in my mind, to try to keep all these scary / sad / devastating thoughts out of my head. Focus on the positive. Donate to good causes. People are doing a fantastic job there. Most of the time it works. But not today. “
“I guess I have nothing constructive to say. Just be careful. I’m afraid we have a few bad months ahead of us. And I feel hopeless and helpless today. In fact, please respond with the worthy organizations we can donate to. . I’ll try to get back to optimism now. ”
Some celebrities echoed Kumail’s statement, such as Sara Bareilles and Rachel Dratch.
Fans also tweeted their agreement and appreciated his honesty.
No matter what you think of it in a political context, there’s no denying that the pandemic has made this year very, very difficult for a lot of people.
Kumail’s lyrics are also a useful reminder that, despite so much beyond our control, we can controlling our own actions like wearing a mask and social distancing, which in turn can help keep many people from getting sick.
And it’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed and tired at this point! While we will eventually come out on the other side of this, the current state of the world is enough to wreak havoc on anyone’s sanity.
So be kind and patient with yourself! A lot of people feel what you are feeling.
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