We are three months into the global pandemic here in Toronto, and it’s unclear how the path going forward is going to look, us feeling our way around in the dark and murky future of lagging measures.

It’s a good time to journal! Whether you’re interested in having a log of the numbers and news and daily events in your own home, or you just need a place to put some words, it’s a great time pick up a pen. In April I published a blog post with a few pandemic journaling prompts. Here are some more.

  1. The most meaningful ways I’ve been connecting to people are through... I’ve been connecting to people by... using technology? Writing letters? Waving to your neighbours? New connections? Renewing old connections?
  2. Write a letter to your future self. I hope you remember... Write a letter to your future children.
  3. In this changing of seasons from spring to summer, I am feeling...
  4. The pandemic, in Toronto and in other places, seems to be slowly releasing its iron grip. Make a list of things you’d like to do before “things get back to normal,” as you make use of this time. An afternoon sitting out in the sun, books to read, cleaning out the closet, watering the plants. I suggest making it a list of 100, and then going back through the list and circling 5 that are particularly interesting for you, that came up more than once, or are things that you have been thinking of for a while, and writing about those.

I am not the right person to encourage you to write about the Black Lives Matter, and anti-racism and anti-Black movement, but it’s certainly a tremendously necessary thing to be looking at and thinking about right now. I would hate to not mention it at all when I talk about what’s going on in my own journal in this time, and I would hate to reduce it to a simple, one-time journaling prompt, or just a journaling prompt in general. This is an ongoing process for many of us, myself especially as an Asian. More important than just reading the books, looking through the resources, is exploring my own reactions. How has it made me feel? Why? What work do I need to do?

I hope you are writing, and you are finding the writing to be good.

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June 14, 2020 — wonderpens

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