An article by our collaborator Irene Tarragó

Being in confinement, you have a lot of time to think. There’s a lot to reflect about. You can indeed turn your thinking towards the most negative, because it is the easiest: I cannot go out, I cannot see the people I love the most, I cannot go to my house to the village, I cannot go to the bar, I have to get an uncomfortable mask…

But what if we look at what we can do: we can relate in a different way to many people who are far away and who, under normal circumstances, take much longer to get in touch than they do now; we can spend time on activities such as reading or other more mundane activities such as tidying up the house or cleaning thoroughly; we can observe calmly, we can… we can be in solidarity.

The most important thing at this time is not to navel-gaze. We must face this pandemic together. Apart from the health crisis, which is proving to be lethal, unfortunately many people are losing everything, their jobs, their businesses… one of the most serious consequences of this crisis is going to be the economic one, and just as in the health crisis, behind the figures there are people, there are families.

I’m privileged by many things, but the most important one being my medically controlled epilepsy

Hence the title of this entry: “I am a privileged person”, because, at the moment, I have not been caught by the virus and my economic situation is not pitiful. Therefore, I have no choice but to help, either by providing information, collaborating with social services, detecting deficiencies and providing solutions, or by acting as a bridge between the need and the solution, providing masks… and above all, complying with the rules. We cannot go out for a walk in any way. We have to comply with our time slot and wear the mask. And try to walk on the right lane, which is not so difficult either.

Yes. I’m privileged by many things, but the most important one being my medically controlled epilepsy. That’s wonderful. And I can’t help but appreciate it, because this disease has many faces, and I’ve had the kindest one.

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