Please take the time to read this short post.
147. That’s how many posts I’ve made on this blog.
70,770. That’s how many words I’ve written on this blog.
698. That’s how many times I’ve clicked a zoom link to a virtual class.
∞. That’s how many hours I’ve spent in front of a screen.
418. That’s how many days I’ve been familiar with the term “mask up.” “Unprecedented.” “Pandemic.”
365. That’s how many days it’s been since I started this blog.
So slow, so fast. The year arrived and escaped. (Or did we escape from it?)
I learned a lot in the past year. I could go back to my first post and point out every mistake I made.
But I won’t do that. I’ll leave my younger self in peace and pride.
I can confidently say this past year was the weirdest of my life.
But (and I acknowledge my privilege in saying this) it was also one of the best.
I learned a lot this year.
How there was such a thing as cloth masks.
How when the world finds out they’re going to be in their house for an indefinite period of time, I guess their first thought is toilet paper.
How a birthday can still be amazing even when you talk over Zoom and sing on the sidewalk.
How although we as humans have caused global warming, littered the earth, been careless and unsafe, and hurt others in countless ways, we always manage to find the good.
I’m glad to let go of this year. It is one I will always remember.
If not for the pandemic, I wouldn’t have started this blog.
I wouldn’t have made so many new friends.
I wouldn’t have realized how much I like school.
I am happy to say that Words on Key, a project I thought would only last a month, is still going, even if I can’t write something every day or every week. And hopefully, I will be writing another post on March 20th, 2022. Hopefully then, I can say that everything happening now is behind us.
But for now, I’m happy to be safe and well. To be able to go to school, even just a little. To have a place where I can share my thoughts and writings like these with the world and be proud of them.
So slow, so fast.
The year arrived and escaped.