Mina has a love for science, animals, and baking. Not necessarily in that order.
Time; a concept that is ingrained in us from birth. Time to be fed. Time to sleep. As we grow into toddlerhood time to achieve a new milestone. As we grow, people promise us that time our perception of time will speed up. Eventually, we will wish for it to slow down as we grow grey and our children leave the nest. Over the last year, time has stood still for many people. Covid has done the impossible. It has made us all slow down and take stock of what is going on in our lives. It has removed many of the simple pleasures we enjoyed and forced us to refocus.
We watch our children grapple with the time away from school, separated from extended family, friends, and all they hold dear. We meet colleague’s over video conference, we send messages, and try and remain connected with friends. We visit the elderly, dropping off their groceries and waving at them from a safe distance. And then we realise that our time is finite and we fear. We fear for our loved ones and for our stability– mental and physical. What we really crave in all this is comfort. We are simultaneously grateful for the connections we are afforded with modern technology and curse them.
The way that some people have dealt with the isolation is by being more involved in social media. Unfortunately, it has come at a time when the same platforms that promise connection also promise toxicity. Bright hopes to go back to a simpler era, where connecting with someone meant being respectful and accepting. Listening and engaging in a conversation rather than a virtual bun fight. Forming a space online so that the world no longer feels like such a dystopian, emotionally arid wasteland but instead fosters growth, community, and hope like we haven’t felt in quite some time.