2020 has been a rough year. It has brought us tragic losses and collective anxieties. Things that were part of our daily lives that seemed so certain and steadfast now seem intangible.
Small luxuries such as going to the store, booking a trip, wandering for the day, or going to visit my parents, now pose grave risks not for just me as an individual, but for all of those around us.
I have always used “nothing is permanent” as a mantra to comfort myself and put things into perspective, but never I have felt these words more deeply.
Just as our daily lives and routines were not as permanent as they seemed, so too is this quarantine and era of global suffering and uncertainty.
What We Need to Acknowledge
In order to get to the point where we will see this moment in time as a piece of our world history, we have to exercise caution in order to keep everyone safe. This is not just happening in a city you’ve never heard of in a country on the other side of the world. This isn’t something that pertains solely to old people or young people, rich people or poor people.
What we face today is something that every single human being on this planet is also going through. And it is up to all of us.
It is up to all of us to stay home.
It is up to all of us to check in on our elders. It is up to all of us to practice generosity and empathy.
It is up to all of us to remember that those who may have been quietly struggling before this are being faced with new challenges and hardships. They will need the help of their friends, family, and community. Be there for them before they have to ask.
It is up to all of us to show gratitude for what we have. It is up to all of us to remember the sacrifices of our medical communities on the front lines.
And most importantly, again, it is up to all of us to stay home.
No longer do we need to try to imagine ourselves in someone else’s shoes. We are all wearing the same shoes.
Continuing with My Blog
I could not continue posting on this blog without acknowledging this crisis, even if no one reads it.
I will continue to create the sort of content that I set out to create – diys, wedding, travel pieces, recipes, general lifestyle, and more. We all will need an escape in these trying times, but know that I am not creating my content in a vacuum, and will try to create content with sensitivity and empathy.
Some of the cities I might write about could be on lockdown. Some of the restaurants or wineries, temporarily closed. I know so many brides and grooms who have had to cancel or postpone their special days. My heart breaks for all of them.
But in the coming months, we will need to support these cities, these industries, and our friends more than ever, and that is why I will continue to create content. I want to continue to show you the world from my perspective, and provide an escape digitally in these uncertain times as much as I am able to.
I wish you health, strength, and patience.
This time period will be another molt we will eventually shed, and it will be interesting to see the new perspectives and new world that will emerge.