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One 12 months Later — How Are You Doing?


I’m not fairly positive the best way to begin this. it’s been some time — and by some time, I imply a yr.

Actually, I’ve been laying aside penning this publish. I wished to write down one thing eloquent and touching, to summarize COVID and BLM and what it’s wish to reside by means of these occasions. However each time I began, I fell quick. So I stop.

However I’ve realized I don’t have to write down one thing significant and profound. I simply have to write down.

Life updates

I really feel lucky that this pandemic hasn’t been too laborious on me. When lockdown occurred, my mother and father had been variety sufficient to let me transfer out of my tiny house and transfer into their home. I haven’t misplaced any mates or household. I spent many of the summer time quarantining in Northern Michigan, which is the right place to quarantine as a result of there’s mainly nobody there.

I really feel dangerous admitting that quite a lot of optimistic issues have occurred to me prior to now yr. I completed graduate faculty. I acquired a job as a UX designer at Deloitte. I acquired a pet (!) named Alfie. I fell in love with road-tripping, visiting seven nationwide parks. And I discovered a spot to reside that I really like! I now reside in Austin, Texas.

My candy pet, Alfie

However, after all, it hasn’t been all roses. There have been weeks once I’ve doomscrolled endlessly, refreshing the New York Instances’ residence web page an embarrassing quantity of occasions. I’ve strengthened some friendships, however others have fallen by the wayside. Job-hunting throughout a pandemic was grueling — it took me six months to land a job after I graduated. And don’t even get me began on being single throughout a pandemic.

However all in all, I understand how fortunate I’m. Within the grand scheme of issues, I can’t complain.

A yr away from running a blog has taught me that I actually do miss it. I miss writing. I miss sharing guide suggestions (you guys all the time have one of the best ones). I miss having an area that’s all mine.

I’m unsure I’ll ever weblog as repeatedly as I used to, however I nonetheless wish to verify in now and again.

Which leads me to the query: How are you, actually? What has this yr been like for you? Are you feeling hopeful or worn out, or each?

Sending you like, wherever and nonetheless you’re.

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