I feel for you so much as you try to make sense of a future which appears so uncertain.
Living in Melbourne, I can relate to so much questioning. Being a mum to a 17yo gal facing her VCE, I sat with my daughter yesterday (after the state announcement) as she faced a number of potentially depressing triggers and a heck of a lot of questions. I will wait a while, where she's in a better mindset, before I lead her to imagine the difference she needs.
As I say to my kids 'Imagination is an incredibly powerful thing, more powerful than what you may have come to believe'. It accompanies wonder and precedes action. From Martin Luther King Jr through to Albert Einstein through to Richard Branson, wondering about a possibility, imagining the course and working their way toward the outcome is what created their reality. Imagination is powerful, indeed.
Typically, the enemy of imagination is nonconstructive preordained outcome. For example, you may easily imagine a post covid period where you socialise more intensely and more thoughtfully than you ever have before. You imagine suggesting this to people and what you're met with is 'No, that's never going to happen'. Everyone tells you this. They have preordained this time as a time where what you imagine will never come to be. I know, sounds quite depressing but imagine you don't take 'No' for an answer. You go on to make it so, to make this time one of positive difference. It becomes a brilliant time, a time like never before. Everyone ends up saying to you 'Wow Trish. You're amazing. We could never have imagined such a time as this!'
I have found the key to imagination becoming reality involves imagining exactly how we're going to manage our way toward the outcome. If we want results, we can't simply imagine the outcome without imagining a management plan to get us there. What do you imagine you will need to do, to reach your goal, to bring it into reality? Do any new ventures come to mind? When we add ventures (not just repeat the same ones over and over) we are adventuring. When our recreation is powerful and meaningful enough to reform us in significant ways, it becomes a form of re-creation which we evolve through. Not suggesting you take up skydiving but if you were to, it may re-create you as 'I am more fearless than ever before'.
Post covid holds the potential to reform us. Where pre covid had us basically living our life, I believe post covid can have us living in ways we only once imagined.