The pandemic has affected every inch of the Earth and every area of our lives, but I wanted to focus on one area in particular today, which is starting school in a pandemic. Relatively speaking, it’s not the worst thing that could ever happen–I am very well aware that people have lost lives and jobs–but it is something that is still very real, and a factor of the mental health crisis happening concurrently with the pandemic.
Gretchen Rubin has a fantastic quote: “The days are long, but the years are short.” Somehow I blinked and now I am in my twenties. I imagine the next ten years will pass similarly, slow but also at breakneck speed, and I’ll be a thirty-something, the same age as my parents when they immigrated. Will I have the same courage as them, I wonder, to seek a better life?
I don’t have the answer. All I know is this: it’s been a good 20 years, Canada. Here’s to many more to come.