Hope you’re staying safe
Hope you’re keeping sane
Hope you’re self-isolating
Hope you’re social-distancing

Hope you’re sanitising-and-disinfecting
Hope you’re surgical-face-mask adorning
Hope you’re not-planning-to-fall-sick-from-anything-but-Covid-19
Hope you’re reverse sneezing-and-coughing

Hope you’re namaste-ing hand-waving head-furiously-nodding-and-tossing eyebrow-abruptly-raising body-jerkily-retreating
Hope you’re hoarding stocking stuffing piling overflowing
Hope you’re donating to those who cannot afford to do so
(Why not donate here: https://www.feedingindia.org/; https://fundraisers.giveindia.org/)

Hope you’re waiting-it-out-from-home productively
Hope you’re waiting-it-out-from-home productively with your loved ones
Hope you’re following your what-will-I-achieve-by-following-my-daily-to-do lists
Hope you’re zooming skyping videocalling phonecalling and not just mailing whatsapping messengering smsing

Hope you’re washing cleaning cooking baking feeding soiling planting watering tending hands-feet-face-hair-neck-back messying
Hope you’re home-fitnessing
(You will find some no-equipment exercises here: https://darebee.com/)
Hope you’re impulsively-to-the-left-and-then-to-your-centre swiping

Hope you’re binge-bilge-watching
Hope you’re comfort-and-finding-pleasure-in-comfort reading
Hope you’re alternate-world building
Hope you’re augmented-and-virtual-reality embracing

Hope you’re Mars-gazing
Hope you’re difference-between-numbness-and-indifference comprehending
Hope you’re numbers-estimates-targets-toll unnotching
Hope you’re purposefully delaying

Hope you’re soul-searching
Hope you’re life-before-Covid-19 regressing
Hope you’re un-cluttering

Hope you’re re-and-de-prioritising
Hope you’re un-force-and-retro-fitting
Hope you’re un-rationalising
Hope you’re un-intellectualising

Hope you’re un-ideologising
Hope you’re un-mythologising
Hope you’re universalising
Hope you’re self-realising

Hope you’re I-me-my-self-exterminating
Hope you’re sights-visible-not-just-to-your-mind’s-eye seeing
Hope you’re sounds-outside-your-head hearing
Hope you’re my-role-as-the-ultimate-seeker-and-nature’s-as-the-ultimate-giver reversing

Hope you’re hoping yourself to sleep every night
Hope your hoping is essential medicinal life-sustaining genderless ageless casteless colourless borderless human a nocturnal winged mammal an exotic anteater an extraterrestrial restorer of world order called Covid-19
Hope hoping is your temporary Ikigai

Hope “hope” is your feeling of the year 2020
Hope you’re dreaming of never having to stop hoping
Hope you’re not hoping against hope

Read the other articles in the Art of Solitude series here.