What is the most challenging part of Covid-19?
The most challenging part of COVID19 would be my mental health. I struggle a lot with finding a healthy balance between my physical health and the call to action to serve the community. I struggle with depression and anxiety and without being able to get outside or at least with comfort, it has been extremely challenging staying afloat.
What has given you strength/ are there any unexpected positives from this time?
One of the best things that happened to me was getting laid off from a job that wasn't the best fit for me. I didn't realize how miserable I actually was there. I was the youngest and only person of color there and if you are a BIPOC in a space that doesn't understand you, it can be challenging. I also realized that I haven't stopped working since I was 14 and it's been 15 years that I have been working non stop and I am only 29. That's a little more than half of my life already. The glass is half-full for sure.
This is the first time I have actually unplugged and have time to myself. It's a weird adjustment but I'm figuring it out.
My boyfriend, family, and friends have given me strength throughout this quarantine with support, love, and conversation. A positive is being forced to slow down my lifestyle. I'm used to just being on the go and now I'm able to take time for myself.
Who do you wear a mask for?
I wear a mask for my family, neighbors, and community.
Cinda Thi Danh
29 years old
Creator of Faces of Lynn Magazine, Community Activist/Leader