Hi everyone! This is something completely new that I want to start doing here on the blog. When I was in college, I created some posts called “Seven To Go” where I reviewed some critical milestones in my collegiate career. From the start of a year and the end of another, it’s crazy to look back on how I was feeling and what was going on in my life. Similarly I want to do a little mid year reflection for 2020…the dreaded year 2020. Which I hope doesn’t sound too negative but I think you can all agree: this year hit us right in the face. We’ve gone through a lot so far, learned a ton, and we’re only halfway done! I have hope that the rest of this year will be on an upward trajectory and I only want to speak positivity in the remaining months. However, let’s do a recap together and outline a few things we can learn and grow from during this year. Now, I know most of you will already be familiar with the events that have happened, but I want to document everything for the future and give my thoughts.
At the end of 2019, I think we all had a very exciting expectation for 2020. THIS WAS GOING TO BE OUR YEAR! We were going to accomplish everything on our checklists and making this the new roaring 20’s! Myself included, we were all filled with verve and readiness for the new year. Granted, I still believe we are able to do this. On January 26, 2020 Kobe Bryant and many others tragically passed away in a helicopter crash. Personally, I’ve gone to quite a few basketball games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles since I live in the neighboring county. However I know this hit much closer to home for true basketball fans, especially my dad. The accident had a lasting impact worldwide and we all felt the heaviness in coming weeks. We assumed this would be the worst event to happen in 2020, and to many it was! However, we had no idea the difficult situation we would all be put in when February arrived. I’m talking COVID-19.
What We’ve Faced (and Are Still Facing)
March 17th was my first day of lockdown because of coronavirus. I had discussed quarantining with my family, and it was quickly becoming a more serious possibility. A couple days later, I made the decision to move back in with my parents and my sister came home from college as well to be with us. I packed up a couple weeks’ worth of clothes, my makeup, blog equipment, and headed over to their place (luckily it’s only a 15 minute drive from my apartment). I also prepared to not see my boyfriend for two weeks which was upsetting, but it was only a short time right? Little did I know that a mere two weeks would turn into three long months of lockdown. During the start of three three months, I was rapidly and diligently trying to educate myself about the virus and current status of the world. I stayed updated on the status of China, Europe, New Zealand, and any other country I saw was written about. By reading articles everyday (and staying away from the media on the news) I kept myself informed to the best of my ability. I comforted me knowing that I took in all the basic facts that I could.
With all of the reading I was doing, there were only a couple facts I knew to be canon that could help flatten AND shorten the curve: wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands, and sanitize surfaces often. No matter what other people were choosing to do (whether that be abide by social distancing rules or completely ignoring them altogether) I knew the one thing I could do was keep myself accountable. I stayed in my home for months, only going outside for the occasional run and to enjoy the sun in the backyard. I wore my mask anywhere I needed to go and always kept gloves with me. Still today, I believe we should all be wearing masks in public to GREATLY reduce the possibility of exposure AND social distancing. I will continue doing this until our numbers have actually dropped in the U.S. for a significant amount of time, which currently that has not happened.
There has been a lot of confusion within our government with how to handle this situation, and personally I believe we have not been led properly by our president and were not given enough facts about the virus early enough for us to get a head start on containing it. I have not been in an extreme circumstance on this blog to discuss my political views, because honestly I’m not a fan of politics at all. However, in this situation I feel called to be honest with this beautiful audience of mine and say that I have not supported the way our leader has handled the situation. In fact, he hasn’t handled it whatsoever. Our country has been devastated on multiple levels and I can’t say I’ve ever been THIS disappointed in leadership until this specific situation. I will continue on with this blog post, but I simply had to give you my opinion and I’d love to know how you guys feel about it!
As of right now, I would expect a second wave of the virus as China has seen. I believe we should be expectant of a second wave in the states during the fall/winter season from what I’ve researched. However, I also acknowledge that our economy cannot remain dormant for months on end. We need to learn to adapt with the virus and find ways to contain it while still living out our lives. A vaccine will not be seen in the near future, but we can continue to social distance, wear masks, and be selfless during this time. Do not take these preventative measure only for yourself, but for those around you like your families, friends, and neighbors. At the end of the day, this is not about you OR YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS. This is about the human race, and us standing together to end this thing! I know we can do it and I’ve been praying hard for this whole crazy experience. This will be what we tell our children about when they ask about the year 2020. What will you tell them when they ask about how you played your part or how you responded? I hope it’s a positive conversation.
I’m not sure where exactly to start with this, considering it’s something we’re still experiencing. To give a little context for future readers: a black man named George Floyd was killed on My 25, 2020 by a police officer for using a counterfeit bill. This action caused mass protesting and anger worldwide. What happened to Mr. Floyd was 100% wrong and I pray the family somehow finds peace in this horrific situation. So much information has been brought to light and he definitely wasn’t a perfect person (none of us are), but his actions SHOULD NOT have resulted in his death. It is tragic, however it has resulted in a lot of conversation between friends and family around the globe. Our world is broken, and we shouldn’t ignore that fact. My hope is that light will be brought out of this situation and we can create tangible change in our society that guarantees something like this will never happen again. I’d also like to mention that if you have been attending protests, please make it a priority to keep it peaceful on BOTH sides. Whether you support black lives matter or not, there should NEVER be violence towards another person. Hate breeds more hate and that’s what this whole movement is trying to abolish.
All I can say is that my opinion on this situation is rooted in my Christian beliefs. There will always be backlash to whatever stance you take, but this is mine. One of the most important commandments we are given in the Bible is to love your neighbor. Whether they are black, white, European, Asian, Jewish, Muslim, tall, short, whatever the case may be we are called to love them. We are not meant to pass judgment on any person, only to care for them. Something that has also stuck with me during this time is the story of Jesus (or the shepherd) and the 99 sheep. Jesus adores and loves all 100 of his sheep, but if one strays and is in peril, he will leave the 99 to save the one. There is a community of people that is in need. Even if showing support means having difficult conversations with loved ones or friends, that is what we need to do. Judgment free. I personally have been having frequent and constructive conversations with my friends, family, and boyfriend surrounding this topic. There is so much information swirling around about civil rights, and it truly helps to verbally express your opinions and what you want the world to look like after this. We want unity. We need equality. We crave brotherhood and acceptance for the world.
Now, I’m going to be truly honest with you all. Do I support peaceful protests surrounding this topic? Of course! Do I encourage equality? Without a doubt! Am I a bit concerned because we are still in a massive pandemic? Definitely. The one thing we DID NOT need during a virus is mass gatherings. However, that is exactly what’s happened. I’ve seen so many people encouraging wearing masks and social distancing during protests, but if you research mass protests around the world this is simply not being done by the majority. There is no way to social distance in a contained city street with thousands surrounding you. It simply doesn’t work. While I truly believe a change needs to be made regarding civil rights, I fear we are going to see a spike in the virus which will be detrimental for every person in this country. We are in this together and we need to solve our issues together in a constructive way that is safe.
Where Do We Go From Here?
If you made it this far in the post, thank you! I know it’s been a wordy one. 2020 has been one of the most difficult years for everyone surrounding me, including myself. We couldn’t have predicted so much coming at us in the span of a few short months. However, I want to end this post on a positive note and tell you that I still have faith for this year and I believe we needed to go through all that we have. We needed to grow and evolve as humans in so many different ways. Our societies will look pretty different after this year, but maybe that’s for the better. We will come out of this as better humans who can love more deeply, feel more empathy, and care for our neighbors more dearly. The way we work, the way we shop, how we interact will all be different, but perhaps it will be a more successful world when that happens. Sending so much love to each and every one of you! Talk soon! xx
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