2020 has been crazy for all of us. It has been a roller coaster of emotions and events. So much so that I am regularly shocked when I am reminded of big occurrences throughout the year that have faded from my memory. Some of it is a big blur, especially since most of this year happened within the same walls.
For me living in the U.S., the year in the public sphere was dominated by the implication of the pandemic, the ongoing debates and battles throughout the U.S. presidential election and George Floyd’s murder combined with the resulting protests. As important as it was to stay on top of everything and be involved, it was draining. It was hard to find the space to pause and distinguish between what each individual should focus on and which (political) events and scandals at the end of the day were just noise and energy suckers.
I was still optimistic when COVID-19 started picking up speed back in March and thought that we would be back to normal within 1-2 months. New York initially implemented a shelter in place order. And that seemed alright for the greater good and to keep as many people safe as possible.
My love and I both started working from home and tried to find a good arrangement in our 1-bedroom apartment. I did not leave our private walls for 4 weeks, moving all my social and business interactions to the virtual world. My significant other and I watched CNN and our governor’s daily press conference religiously, watching the infection numbers and the death toll climb relentlessly…
How about you?
How have you been living through the pandemic?
Cover picture was taken in Manhattan, New York (USA) in Mar 2020