The pain and joy of Covid

Nikki Simpson
International Magazine Centre

Feeling useless and desperate to help friends who have been made redundant.

Relishing spending more time with my three-year-old boy.

The heartbreak of seeing magazines and publishing houses closing for good.

The bliss of daily walks in the country and sunshine.

The frustration of watching publishers give away online events for free, just like they used to before paywalls made sense.

The familiar urge to subscribe to every magazine, doubled while people struggle.

Hearing of more deaths, friends now as well as strangers.

Connecting with people I’ve not spoken to for twenty years.

Fatigue, boredom, fear.

Nesting, taking stock, breathing.

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