At the end of 2019, I announced I was leaving the realm of full-time employment to restart my design practice. But shortly after, conferences went virtual, or had to cancel altogether; prospective clients realized they needed to wait a few months before starting that big design project. I’ve kept busy, all things told, but this year hasn’t followed anything remotely resembling the trajectory I’d expected.

After all, this was the year the world got sick. So I’d bet it’s not just me; chances are good your year didn’t turn out the way you’d planned, either. Among the people I know and love, plans were changed; routines shuffled, reshuffled, and then reshuffled again; lives were upended, or lost altogether.

The pandemic wasn’t the only sickness we were fighting, of course. Breonna and George died, as did far too many more. We marched; we organized; we unionized; we voted. And all the while, we got sicker, ever sicker.

So. Amidst everything, at the end of a long, stupid, scary year, I’m trying to write down some bright spots. Because despite 2020’s best efforts, some good things did happen to me, and I firmly believe that it’s important to note them. After all, the new year won’t magically make everything better. And if we have a few dark months ahead of us, I figure it’s worth having a few points of light to hold onto.

With that said, here’s what I came up with.

Honestly, I feel fortunate to be able to even write this little post, because there were plenty of days where things felt impossibly rough. Of course, I made it because I carried some significant privileges into 2020: I work from home; I wasn’t forced into a workplace alongside others; I have access to health care. (Not every American can say the same.1) But additionally, and just as importantly, I’m here thanks to my friends and loved ones, the folks who texted, checked in, and carried me forward. And more than anything and everything, She got me here, bringing light into our little apartment every day.

As always, thanks for reading. I’m glad you’re here, and I’m glad to be here with you.

  1. And after this year, I’m more committed than ever to working to ensure that someday they can.