10 months ago we started this journey through the coronavirus pandemic, and 10 months later, here we are. Things look different for many of us. Some of us have moved, changed jobs, graduated high school or university, and many of us have felt fear or frustration towards an uncertain future. But we have made it this far, and that is something that deserves to be celebrated.
10 months ago, if you had told me that I would be spending the majority of my time indoors for the next 10 months, I would’ve completely lost it. There is no way I ever thought that I would be capable of doing something like this. But humans are incredibly adaptable creatures, and for better or worse we’ve made the transition from commuting and running around town to being homebodies, only to go out for groceries or walks around the neighbourhood.
If I’m being completely honest, I actually kind of enjoyed the beginning of quarantine. As someone I came across online put it, “it was like one giant sleepover” for the whole world. There was a sense that, despite being faced with a difficult time, we’d be able to overcome it, and we’d come out on the other side of it stronger.
Unfortunately, this has gone on for much longer than any of us could’ve anticipated. I’ve been very fortunate to have been at home with my parents during this time, but many others have had to distance themselves from their families and haven’t been able to see them in months. It’s been no easy feat, and so if you’ve done this, I want to thank you for your sacrifice and say that even though I know it’s been difficult, that you are doing the right thing and that it doesn’t go unnoticed by those who care.
To be honest, I think that all of us are doing the best we can with what we have. It’s been a difficult time, not just for the obvious reasons of being at home and not being able to see people, but also for those of us on the brink of our lives, of our careers, and of our livelihoods. It’s hard to know what to do, but I think sometimes getting up and taking one step is enough.
I really do believe that we are halfway there. I do think that 2021 will be the year where we turn things around and eradicate this virus, or at least get to a place where it is mostly contained and no longer a wide-scale threat. And I do believe that despite there being so much animosity and disagreement online these days, that most people are good and want to help keep others safe.
So here’s to all of us, for making it through these 10 months. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us, and I hope that you will join me in making the most out of tomorrow. Keep pushing forward and don’t lose hope 💝
ps. On December 21st, I started a podcast called Serena Speaks which is now available on all platforms! If you like my rambley, off-the-cuff style, then be sure to give it a listen! You can check out its site at http://anchor.fm/serena-speaks