Austin Kleon had written in one of his newsletters his answers to seven pandemic questions. I asked my newsletter people their answers. Here are their responses, my responses, and Rocket Kid’s responses.
Question 1: What’s one thing you made this year?
I asked people to upload a photo, but the few brave enough to answer the questions in the first place didn’t share photos. Which is fine.
- I’ve made a physically more fit me. I have exercised WAY more this past year than ever before and am in the best shape of my life.
- I made a classroom of 3rd graders giggle hysterically (by being a guest reader)
- I made a lot of music
- I made a board game!
- I made a table with my dad
Question 2: Did you have any bad ideas this year?
- Probably! 😂
- Too many to list, most pointed is not making a plan for self-improvement
- Eating so much.
- I think I more just didn’t think of good ideas (or any ideas) when I needed them.
- I tried to build a catapult and ended up hitting myself because I put it together backwards.
Question 3: What is a moment from this year you’ll always remember?
- The first glimmers of normal — first time I saw my daughter in marching band again, my other daughter returning to dance, visiting with my parents.
- Early on family bike rides, family joy in spoils of the garden, camping with my boy
- The first time we went swimming in our pool
- Not a moment. Just the new habits we had—baking, doing puzzles.
- When we got dogs!!
Question 4: What art have you turned to this year?
- Music, books, the distraction of Netflix depending on what I needed.
- Music – blues, jazz, reggae, hip-hop, punk
- Making music, taking photos, drawing
Question 5: Did you find a friendship that helped you in this time?
- It’s not so much one person, but due to circumstances beyond “just” the pandemic, I’ve learned a valuable lesson about who my real friends are.
- None that were helpful more than regular times
- I became friends with someone I knew very casually and it’s been excellent!
- Friends that I could connect with brightened my day
Question 6: If you’d known you’d be isolated for so long, what would you have done differently?
- I don’t know that there is much I would change except visited my grandmother more often.
- Looked for better options to travel – RV, set up office sooner
- Nothing. I was OK.
- I might have spent time with different people before shelter in place.
Question 7: What do you want to achieve before things return to normal?
- Healing from emotional wounds totally unrelated to the pandemic.
- Ensure clear boundaries with work, improve my relationship with my family, better manage my emotions
- Figure out what I want my post-pandemic life to look like.
- Have my book accepted by a publisher
What about you? How would you answer these questions?