Beginning Again

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

For almost a year, we have all experienced the few highs and often lows of living in a pandemic.

I began Discover with Deanna in September 2020 as a form of coping for myself. There is no doubt I absolutely have had a privileged experience during the COVID-19 pandemic in comparison to many other individuals. However, a pandemic takes its own unique toll on each life–from job loss to lack of milestone celebrations everyone’s pain is valid. Discover with Deanna was to act as a place for me to find ways to cope with my own unique pain. As an individual who thrives from socialization and academic stimulation, I was disoriented losing both in only a few months. It is emotionally staggering to not be able to hug my best friends, boyfriend, or family. DWD was effective in the beginning of its creation acting as a distraction from my pain. But at the time it was just that–a distraction. I was not healing or progressing. I was stagnant.

From October to January, I just kept feeling worse. I was working and volunteering in over five separate positions in an effort to make money to save for student loans and continue gaining experience. I was drained. Between throwing myself into work, searching for a more stable job, stressing from the U.S. in general, and trying to push myself to continue to socialize (calls, facetimes, etc.) I was stretched thinner than a French crêpe.

The holidays absolutely brought me joy (Tristan, my boyfriend, came home from college. I will never forget our first hug after being separated for almost 4 months.) but holidays won’t be the same until I can hug my brothers and my best friends aka my grandmothers again. What I would give to be curled up next to my Mom-Mom crocheting or plopped next to my Grammy as we work on a crossword puzzle in the early morning hours.

It was during these months that I stepped away from Discover with Deanna because I recognized it was only a distraction, not a passion.

In January 2021, with bounds of luck and after hundreds of applications (this is not an exaggeration), I was offered a full time writing position. The evening after receiving the offer call, I was overwhelmed with relief. Cue one hour of shoulder shaking sobs.

A huge thank you to my loved ones, for the hope, the encouragement, and the strength they constantly give me. Today, I reflected on the last few weeks. I have felt significantly happier. I am doing the things that I love: creating, baking, reading, and getting outside.

I am renewed and ready to begin again.

It’s time to continue to be weird, discover joy, and fall in love with life.

D

3 thoughts on “Beginning Again

  1. Good luck. I sympathize with the struggles of people in “transition“ periods of their lives right now: starting school, graduating, new jobs, new babies, retirement, etc. Day-to-day restrictions put many elements in those important life experiences. Hang in there, all this will end someday, hopefully someday soon. Spring is coming.

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