Love in the time of Coronavirus

Lisa Steingold
4 min readMar 17, 2020

I’ve borrowed the title of the post from the famed book made movie “Love in the Time of Cholera”. Whilst our lives, no matter where you might be in the world currently, certainly do not represent the sentimentality of the novel, I feel that there is an aspect from the manuscript that we’d do well to meditate on. More about that later. For now I thought I’d add some thoughts regarding Life and Love in the Time of Coronavirus.

This time last week I was blissfully enjoying a holiday out in the bush unaware of what was to come. Even as we speak we have no idea what the future holds. See you for lunch tomorrow? Maybe? Maybe not depending on how things have changed.

My family and friends in Spain are currently on Lockdown, friends in London are waiting to return to South Africa, my brother-in-law is essentially out of work (as are a bunch of others I know) and for us South Africans life has changed dramatically in just a few days. Within just a week business projections have changed and in many instances stopped all together.

It’s easy to be bleak. Even if you have work and an income, the mere fact that human contact is all but banned, is bound to have an impact on us from a mental health perspective. This too shall pass, it will but how do we get through the now?

What do you want to do with this one and only life? (Like right now)

I, like most of us, battle with limited time. I never seem to have enough time to train, to read the books I want etc. And now there’s that opportunity. This morning I trained for a solid hour and a half and last night I managed to commit an hour to my Spanish homework as well as sitting down to some Netflix and Chill, not to mention having dinner with my family.

What do you want to do with this one and only life? And I mean right now? Do you really want to go into a negative spiral by looking at the markets? My advice although I’m no financial advisor; don’t look at your investments for at least a year from now. Rather focus on things you want to do and become post Co-Vid19.

BECAUSE there will be life post Coronavirus and whilst it may never look the same again, now’s the time to prepare for that.

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Lisa Steingold

Writer | Girl on a bicycle in search of coffee and the answers to human behaviour….