Covid-19 has made us more fearful, but without stress we can’t build resilience

Do we get braver as get older? I never thought we did. I always thought any tendency to be fearless peaked in our teens or twenties. Look at Alexander the Great. In his early twenties he crossed the Dardanelles, the straits linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, off to conquer foreign lands. My own solo escapades began at about the same age, though there was no vanquishing involved. When I was 21 I bought a one-way ticket from Copenhagen, where I was working as a chambermaid for the summer, to Athens. I had a loose arrangement to meet a friend on Paros Island. In Athens I found a bus to the port of Piraeus and then wandered around until I found the