From elementary school students and college grads to teachers and all the supporters who worked to get them through it, they absolutely deserve to celebrate their accomplishments. It has been a year of so many ups and downs that no one person experienced the same way and that should be recognized. That should be celebrated. And so should we.
Some of us adjusted to the pandemic with new workout routines, more tv time, or new even pets. As people begin thinking about moving forward and masking up less, they will also be going through other lifestyle changes. For those who are immunocompromised, they may choose to still wear masks for their own protection, and for those who choose not to get vaccinated, they will have their own new normal as well. My question is, what about your new routine is something that you wish to keep?
There’s still a possibility to find comfort in so much that is unknown around us because we know that most people are probably in a similar spot too. If you need a reminder of that, check out this article in the New York Times by Melissa Klein about that awkward in-between state many people are finding themselves in right now. I say lean into it; can’t get out, so why not lean in, right?
Our actions within each movement speak louder than any of us ever could when it comes to what we really believe life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness means. Over time, what we do will determine where this reality takes us; optimistically, I am hoping for the best. But I also know that it is up to every one of us to do the work, educate ourselves, protect both ourselves and the people we love, and to pay attention to what’s happening in the world before it’s too late.