Day 2621: Don’t be afraid

Yesterday morning, I had a conversation with a man working at the Starbucks in the New York City hotel where Michael Bloomberg later announced dropping out of the U.S. Presidential race. Here’s the conversation:


Him:  How are you?

Me: Afraid.

Him: Why?

Me: The coronavirus.

Him: Don’t be afraid.  It’s the people who are afraid who are going to get the virus.

Me: Now I’m REALLY afraid.

Him: (laughs)

Me: I do a daily blog. Could I take a photo of you saying, “Don’t be afraid”?

He was not afraid to grant my request.


Last night, walking back from seeing the wonderful musical Dear Evan Hansen with two  dear friends, I noticed this sign:


Don’t be afraid of  these other recent photos from my stay in NYC and don’t be afraid of clicking on any photo to enlarge it.

Don’t be afraid of “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen.

Don’t be afraid to leave a comment, below.

Don’t be afraid to express gratitude and to accept it, every day.


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23 thoughts on “Day 2621: Don’t be afraid

  1. All we can really do about the seemingly unpredictable advancement of the virus is be cautious and follow the guidelines the wiser folks put out for us, Ann. Fear won’t change the results, no.

  2. I am not afraid to admit that I have a serious musical theatre addiction and may be just a little jealous that you got to see “Dear Evan Hansen”. I hope it was wonderful and that you had an amazing time. We would love for it to be performed in Australia. (Hamilton is coming next year, so I am not afraid to be hopeful about Dear Evan Hansen) I am also not afraid to admit that we had a family holiday in USA a few years back and loved NYC!

    • It was wonderful and thanks for this amazing and fearless comment!

      • Awesome! I didn’t think it could possibly be anything but wonderful, so I am pleased that it really was. We spend a lot of time listening to this soundtrack in the car. I find the music quite humbling because it reminds me that we all have our own challenges and we are all trying to do our best. Thank you!

  3. What an uplifting video

  4. Thank you for your wonderful blog, Ann. I am not afraid to tell you that I always look forward to your daily musings.

    797 is a curiously specific number!

    Your friend at Starbucks is a sweetheart.

    I am soon heading back to Seattle to visit my kids. I will try to follow your barista’s advice

    • All numbers are curiously specific, my friend, and I’m not afraid to tell you how I always look forward to your curious and wonderful comments.

  5. Every now and then we run into stranger who knows just what to say. It’s all part of the mystery.

  6. I’m afraid I don’t currently have any Hamantaschen right now but I know a nice bakery where I can get some. Focusing on little things like that can be a helpful way to deal with fear.

  7. puella33

    Don’t be afraid to be happy- It looks like you’re having a great time and I’m glad .I know better days are coming 🙂

  8. I love your answer to “How are you?” Most people would just go about their day saying “Good” or “Fine.” You were honest and said “Afraid.” That says a lot about your character, Ann.

  9. I’m very glad to find myself at your blog so often and to have heard that song! Keep washing your hands, Anne.

  10. I think it’s reasonable to have a little fear of the coronavirus when interacting with so many people! I missed Dear Evan Hansen when it came to Los Angeles, and was disappointed that I didn’t prioritize it. Great photos, Ann.

  11. after 3 days of conferences with families, i saw a range of full blown fear to a shrug of shoulders. interesting how we each deal with the same crisis in so many ways

    • Don’t be afraid if it takes me months to respond to a comment, beth. Thanks for sharing your thoughts in March!

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