I had every intention that my first post would be lighthearted, fun, flirty, and easy. Typical of my personality. But if 2020 has taught us anything; it is the uncertainties that lie ahead of us and the unpredictability of our health and the health of those around us.
So here I am writing my first post from my “quarantine room” at home.
After finishing a long day of work in the outpatient clinic, I showered, ate dinner, and sat down to drink some hot chocolate and prepare for my usual nighttime Netflix binge. But my phone kept beeping. As I peered through the messages, I was alerted that I had a positive COVID-19 exposure.
I would love to tell you that I became fearful, but that was not the case. Instead, I knew, that possibly one day I would hear this very news. After all, we are in the year 2020. As a good friend of mine would say “I got twenty-twentied”. As if twenty-twenty is a verb. But it is true, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years for many of us. We have been pushed to our breaking points and yet here we are in the last month of this year.
I can sit here and type all the reasons I disliked 2020 and a very long list I would compile. Instead, I will share with you three reasons I feel blessed to be alive in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- It allowed me to slow down and really focus on my long-term goals with intention.
- I began to cherish the people around me even more- My friends, my family, and my colleagues. Every phone call, text, meme, reel was received with joy and love
- I became HOPEFUL. Hopeful that there will be a change; hopeful for new possibilities in medical science and hopeful that 2021 will be better.