Life during a pandemic is scary for most of us, but Rumble creator Paul Underhill is especially at risk because he's immunosuppressed. We ask how he's coping with isolation and still managing to #feedthegood.
How life’s changed during the pandemic:
Actually, not much has changed. Since having a double lung transplant, I take immunosuppressive drugs that make me susceptible to infection, so I’ve always had to be careful. Now it’s as if most people have to live like I do.
That said, I'm reading more medical news and research, and my time spent with family and friends has decreased to essentially zero this last 8 weeks, with the exception of a couple of hikes.
I’ve also taken advantage of an online meditation ‘retreat’ that offers a 40 minute morning session 3 days a week, which helps me manage my stress during these uncertain times.
- Hydrate with organic green tea
- Meditate for twice per day for 20-40 minutes
- Qigong for 20 minutes
- Healthy breakfast (usually organic quinoa, with organic home roasted almonds, homegrown kale, hemp hearts, olive oil and dulce sprinkled on top)
- Morning Rumble
- Get outside for at least 30 minutes
- Get some running/riding/kiteboarding in, or walking on a rest day
- Afternoon Rumble
- Read news from a variety of sources, but always including Globe and Mail and NY Times as well as several online sources
- Find something that makes me laugh!
Hardest thing about this time:
Seeing the amount of suffering taking place, and in particular what’s going on in the USA. A close second is the loss of close social contact with friends and family (I’m a big hugger, and it’s been a full two months!).
Best thing about this time:
Seeing people coming together in a variety of ways to help, from those using 3D printers to make PPE, to the simplicity of getting groceries for the more vulnerable. It's humanity at it's best.
... reading: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
...watching: After Life on Netflix
…listening to: Departure by Freya
...feeling thankful for: The ability to breathe deeply and get outside, and these days I’m particularly grateful that we live in BC, which has the lowest COVID-19 occurrence of any jurisdiction in Europe or North America with a population of 5 million or more.Personal mantra of the moment:
“Live life as though everything is rigged in your favour”, which is actually a paraphrase taken from the first line of one of my favourite Rumi Poems: “It’s rigged — everything, in your favor. So there is nothing to worry about…”