Do you remember where you were a year ago?
Or... even only seven months ago?
A lot has changed since March when the world began its shut down and emergency status. We have learned to slow down on some things - like our parties and small talks and consumerism. (For most of us) and we learned to shift our social circle to a virtual one, or a smaller 'pod' that we had to carefully plan for. We shifted our European vacation destinations to nature hikes, road trips and camping adventures. We migrated from big cities to smaller towns where we could have a back yard or some more space to quarantine in. Some of us changed professions. Maybe started the job they always dreamt about. Others have lost their jobs, and have been in constant survival mode and financial stress. Some of us got married, had babies even. Some of us got separated. Relationships flourished and relationships ended. Some have lost their time on earth, some have lost their family members, and other have been luckily spared. We binge watched, or totally went off the grid fearing 5G. Some of us have dived deep into the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, others have found their critical thinking hats throughout this process.
I can go on... but one thing is clear - We are all going through a change.
And one word helps define the sort of change:
*A period of time in history or a person's life, typically one marked by notable events or particular characteristics.
*The beginning of a distinctive period in the history of someone or something.
*A division of time that is a subdivision of a period and is itself subdivided into ages, corresponding to a series in chronostratigraphy. (Geology)
*An arbitrarily fixed date relative to which planetary or stellar measurements are expressed. (Astronomy)
When I am not busy living my life as best as I possibly can during the intense circumstances 2020 has faced us all with - I have to pinch myself at the thought of living through such an epic EPOCH change. It is personal AND collective. It is major. And will be written in the history books and studied for years to come. Where this epoch shift will take us too.... nobody knows. But it's happening, whether we like it or not. We might as well pinch ourselves for the privilege, and make the most of the ride.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman