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.

Even if you don’t share the journal entry you write about your COVID-19 year with others, it will still be a great writing exercise to complete if you haven’t had the time to sit back and fully process the past year and what you’ve experienced. And if you do decide to share your journal entry, it could be exactly what someone else needs to read so that they don’t feel so alone anymore.

As I begin reflecting on my COVID-19 year, 2020, here are a few things that stick out to me the most:

  • The toilet paper shortage we experienced in the U.S.
  • Food orders being stolen
  • Kind strangers forming online groups to help one another find anything they needed: a new job, an appliance, groceries for children, someone to talk to, etc.
  • The holidays being more isolated and quiet
  • Voting in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election
  • Hazmat suits and N95 masks
  • Applying anti-bacterial gel until my hands were raw
  • Wiping down all items bought at any store with anti-bacterial wipes while wearing gloves
  • Nurses and teachers being exhausted
  • More people working remotely
  • Grocery store and postal workers working hard
  • Getting creative with my daily hairstyle
  • Seeing a lot of local restaurants and bars close
  • Reserving time at the library online ahead of time to go into the library to read or check out books
  • Reading more books
  • Taking more walks and going on more hikes

What comes to your mind immediately when you think about your COVID-19 year?


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