• Jack Graves

In 4 Months, It Will Be 2022, And I'm Still Processing 2020

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been participating in Creator’s Hub weekly prompts for a while now. So check on the weekly topics every Monday. It can help you with writer’s block.

This week’s prompts left me very thoughtful.

“How have you changed in the last year?”

Firstly, as soon as I read that sentence, I thought of the “last year” as 2020. Then, after a few minutes, I realized that half of that last year had been 2021.

There are only 20 Mondays left until 2022

Stop this train. I want to get off!

Now back to the topic. Talking about the pandemic has been a bit complex for me, as although it was obviously a tough year, I am fortunate.

I never lost my source of income, and my family was healthy all the time. Those two things alone are huge privileges.

I once talked about how a pandemic had to happen for me to start having healthier habits. So I started a routine, exercising, managing my time better, and taking care of my health. As a result, I have learned the importance of watching out for physical and emotional well-being.

I wouldn’t dare to say that this is how I’ve changed this past year. It would be like saying, “I learned how to adult.”

2020 actually taught me several things. I learned to identify fake news in seconds, at least 14 TikTok dances, and society claims that birds aren’t real.

I’m not joking with the last one. Google it, trust me.

I can see that my dad, a man who never took medicine seriously, also learned things. And he even made me help him cut a leg cast with a fretsaw after he fractured his tibia when I was 12 years old.

He said he was already feeling fine.

Therefore, my biggest concern at the beginning of the pandemic was that he did not abide by the basic rules. If he didn’t believe in a broken bone inside his leg, I couldn’t expect him to believe in a virus that he couldn’t see.

Surprisingly for me, my dad adapted very quickly to the mask and the hand sanitizer. I’ve never been so proud of him.

But I think that learning is not constantly changing. So adopting new habits is not so deep as to say that you’re a new person.

The natural way the last year changed me is that I am now a very grateful person. Of course, I used to say the same thing before, but it’s much easier to say it when you don’t see your friends’ parents die.

I couldn’t help but wonder if mine were next.

Luckily, a year later and two doses of vaccination each, I really understand what gratitude means.

I am someone more organized, more focused on his health, and much more grateful. Of course, the strongest challenges are the ones that bring out the best (or worst) in us, but I hope there will be no more challenges for at least 15 years.

I’m still working on making better TikTok videos.


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