Sleepless nights are no longer a stranger to me during the COVID-19 quarantine because I usually experience at least two to three per week, even with exercise and meditation. Recently I have been swimming in my thoughts while I tried unsuccessfully to travel to dreamland and began reflecting on my time reading and learning from Brené Brown books (https://brenebrown.com/). One novel I seem to go back to when times are hard and uncertain is Braving the Wilderness, which is a novel about true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture. In the book, Brené Brown used the word Braving as an acronym to establish the rules of true belonging. Because of this, I felt inspire to create something similar for musicians to help Brave the Quarantine.
B- Boundaries: We respect each other’s boundaries and come up with new ones to help navigate our daily stay-home lifestyle.
R- Reach: We reach out to each other and connect daily with friends, family, or colleagues to help fill the human need for connection.
A-Aspire: We aspire to be greater than we were before by establishing achievable goals and staying accountable for the completion of them.
V- Venture: We venture outside our comfort zone daily to explore new places and new ideas. We go outside and exercise for at least thirty minutes every day.
I- Inspire: Watch, listen or read to stay inspired to keep creating. Keep the creative juices flowing by posting videos of your artistic process.
N- Not Alone: Remember, you are not alone. Everyone is experiencing this pandemic, and it can be hard on mental health. Social distancing does not mean isolation, and it’s essential to stay connected to keep the anxiety and depression gremlins away.
G- Generosity: Extend the most generous interpretation possible to the intentions, words, and actions of others and yourself. ( This one is directly taken from Brené Brown because I think it still serves us well and is a lesson all artists can use. )