Below is my journal entry for this week’s writing prompt: Write a Journal Entry About Your COVID-19 Year. As I looked back at 2020 this week, it’s hard to believe how quickly yet slowly 2020 came and went.
Don’t forget to share your journal entry for this week’s writing prompt too. More information about how and where to do that is at the end of this post.
Writing a journal entry about 2020, the year of COVID-19, has been an interesting and unexpected journey. A journey I’m still on, I suppose, since COVID-19 is still dictating our daily lives in 2021.
As I write the journal entry for this week’s writing prompt, I’m wishing that I would have taken more meticulous notes about everything that happened in 2020, and what I was feeling and thinking about as everything was unfolding. As I write this journal entry I’m also experiencing a lot of feelings at once: sadness, grief, loneliness, boredom, gratefulness, empathy, compassion, hope, frustration, annoyance… and the list goes on from there. And for me, it’s been interesting to note that as everything was unfolding last year, I wasn’t really noticing how everything, all the day-to-day routines and daily rollercoaster of emotions, were all blurring together and affecting one another.
As I work on this week’s writing prompt, I want to unravel the fact and fiction of what we know about COVID-19. Misinformation and disinformation about COVID-19 have been running rampant online. And it’s easy to get caught up in a daily or weekly sea of articles and memes and stats and quibbles, especially when things are so emotionally charged. So, before I start writing my own journal entry about my COVID-19 year this week, I want to take a closer look at what I think I know about COVID-19.
It’s now been just over one year since COVID-19 was declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. Most of us will agree that 2020 was one of the weirdest years we’ve ever had. And for some of us, it was probably one of the hardest or most tragic years we’ve ever had.
While the threats of COVID-19 haven’t entirely dissipated, it does seem that they’re starting to fall behind us albeit slowly. But sometimes in order to look ahead, especially after traumatic or significant events and pandemics, it’s important to reflect and process what’s happened first. Especially in today’s always-on, rapid-paced world, where reflection is not as common but more necessary.
I’m going to take this week to reflect on my COVID-19 year, and then write a journal entry about it. Complete this writing prompt too, if you’re ready to start processing and reflecting on your COVID-19 year too.