'Here I stand
Feeling emptiness and doubt...'
When Iggy Pop wrote those words, I doubt he was referring to Quarantine enforcement because of Covid-19. He was probably following a breakup and feeling intense loneliness, a broken heart, and despair.
Truth is, one can be isolated while surrounded by countless people.
Isolation isn't just a physical state. No - it's an emotional state as well.
Iggy Pop describes the state well when he reaches high pitch with the words:
'I need some lovin'
Like an inmate needs a dime
I need some lovin'
Like a poet needs a rhyme...'
I wouldn't go as far as Iggy in describing my state, but I am in a physical isolation right now. On day 6, I am experiencing my hometown only from the quarters of - well - a HOME thanks to the Israeli regulations for those like myself who decided to travel to the country during these challenging times.
But my state of mind isn't isolated at all. Strangely, I feel more connected to the communities I am in and to the people in my life than I have in a long time.
This past year was challenging to me in many ways, but I also took it as an opportunity to practice keeping a healthy MINDSET. A state of mind that is not isolated, but rather in connection to the world within me, and the world around me.
Ironic, isn't it?
To need to be in isolation in order to see how connected I truly feel.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman