2020 was supposed to be the year of firsts for me. It was going to be my first time traveling to Paris and London. It was going to be my first time experiencing Coachella. And it was supposed to be my first time visiting Chicago for something more than a layover for a friends birthday. Never in a million years did I think I would be experiencing my first global pandemic.
In the beginning of Covid, I was confused yet optimistic. I thought that this honestly was going to pass, like most deadly viruses that we have heard of but soon become an after thought. Once I knew that Covid was and still is very serious, my anxiety and fear got the best of me! Every time I left my apartment, a rush of anxiety washed over me. I later learned after properly educating myself and knowing that my mental health was at risk, to become resilient! Working out and daily walks in nature literally saved me (oh, and music) But now, here in the month of December, I just can’t anymore and I know that’s ok too! I’ve been thriving for the past 8 months and it’s ok for me to have a moment of not wanting to workout or focus on a goal. Now, as the year is coming to an end, I look back at those simple moments that got me through. Mainly in nature. But also, knowing that moments are all we really have to look forward to and even if it is just a walk around the neighborhood, it is not to be taken for granted.
2020 Moments photos and words by Alquista Ryans