Shortly after leaving his Washougal residence, Rowan MacDonald shuffles through his iPod, searching for the perfect track to propel him up the short hill in front of him. His playlist is filled with songs from the 1990s, reflecting the mindset of their listener, who yearns for the past.
“I pause and look up at the incline, my intense focus no different now than in the 100-meter blocks when I was a sprinter, back when I was healthy,” MacDonald wrote in an essay. “Back to another life entirely.”
MacDonald’s essay, “The Journey to the Bench,” is featured in “The Long COVID Reader,” a recently released literary anthology authored by 45 COVID-19 “long-haulers” in the U.S.
MacDonald recently wrote that he “loves the escapism writing provides and how its flexibility fits into his life with long COVID,” and believes the book “represents a positive light in otherwise dark circumstances.”
Of his inclusion in “The Long COVID Reader,” MacDonald wrote that he is “proud to be part of such a diverse community,” and “hopes this project brings much-needed awareness to the plight of many.”