Inertia is strong. It can create 15 very occupied years between the reason you took that internship at 20 and why you do what you do at 35, without questioning each minute decision as part of a whole life. This 24 hours is what it is because of the preceding 24 hours and the upcoming 24 hours, and it just is what it is. It’s hard to stop and examine.
But the world imposed a pause. An undeniably terrifying, catastrophic, deadly pause. Before, it became trendy to avoid contemplation, we use the umbrella ‘anxiety.’ Now you’re forced to contemplate your 24 hours isolated from any thrust of precedent or future.